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Un-fantastic Plastic

Students will research and define the term marine debris, understand the consequences associated with plastics in the marine environment and develop practical solutions either at school or in the field to address the problem.

Commercial Rock Lobster

Students will learn how research on the Western rock lobster contributes to the management of the fishery.

Fishing for the Future

Students will explore the management of recreational fisheries in Western Australia and interpret local rules and regulations using Fisheries’ resources.

Meet the Cast

Students will explore the diversity of Western Australia’s marine invertebrate animals.

Amazing Artemia

This series of lessons is designed to complement the Sea Monkey Science activity run by the Department of Fisheries Community and Education Team. Students will learn about Artemia (also called brine shrimp or sea monkeys), their biology and why they

Rainbow Fish: Ocean Zones

Students will learn about the different zones in the ocean and how organisms adapt to survive in these environments.

Who Lives Where?

Students will study the most important marine habitats of Western Australia and their inhabitants.

Excursion: Getting to Know Your Reef

Students will participate in a field excursion to investigate their local temperate or coral reef ecosystem.

Habitat Protectors

Students will investigate the role seagrass meadows play in providing an important nearshore habitat for marine organisms. They will also identify risks to the integrity of seagrass communities and investigate improved management strategies.

Coral Reefs

Students will investigate the formation and biology of coral reefs and the diversity of life they support. Students will also understand threats to the health of coral reefs.

Inhabiting Intertidal Rocky Shores

Students will learn about the rocky intertidal zone, the organisms that live there and the challenges they face to survive. The presentations 'Inhabiting the Intertidal' and 'The Intertidal Zone: a reef platform' relate to this lesson plan.

Exposing Erosion

Students will investigate coastal erosion, what factors increase erosion and find possible solutions to coastal erosion. The presentation 'Examples of Coastal Erosion' is a related resource for this Lesson Plan.

Ocean Bingo

Students will learn about their favourite marine creatures through pictures, photographs and real life samples of marine life found in Western Australian waters. Learning is reinforced through playing the bingo game to complete the lesson. The presentation 'Who am I?'

Investigating Earth

In this series of lessons, students will learn the composition of the Earth, tectonic plates, convection inside the Earth, mid-ocean ridges and seafloor spreading.

Excursion: Intertidal Investigation

Students will study a reef platform, to identify organisms living on the platform, and provide reasoning as to their distribution.


Students will study the sustainability of the marine environment in an integrated literacy program, centred around the reading and comprehension of the books ‘Blueback’ and ‘The Deep’, written by Western Australian author Tim Winton.

Exceptional Expositions

In this series of lessons, students will read a variety of different articles that have been published in Western Fisheries and use this information to construct an exposition that encourages the protection of the marine environment.

Sex in the Sea

Students learn about the importance of reproduction and explore how aquatic animals have a diverse range of reproductive strategies to increase the chances of survival for their species. 

Sharing a Shell

Students will use the book Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson to learn about rock pools and symbiotic relationships in the marine environment.

Light Up Our Oceans

Students will understand how light affects the biology and ecology of marine life.

Marine Mapping

Students will use maps of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and analyse the percentage of the different areas within the map to the total protected area.

Pest Control

Students will identify significant introduced marine species and investigate the impact to marine ecosystems and human infrastructure, specifically to Western Australia.

What's My Age Again?

Students discover the process where fish otoliths are extracted and analysed to determine the age of the fish. Students will practice ageing fish using photographs of black bream sectioned otoliths and Australian herring whole otoliths.

Designer Fish

Students discover the adaptations that fish have to help them survive in a wide range of aquatic environments. Students use this knowledge to design their own fish according to different types of habitats.

It's Classified

Students will demonstrate the importance of classification and understand that living things can be grouped according to identified characteristics.

Welcome back Jack

Students will read the book Jinormous Jack by Josephine Barrymore and illustrated by Steve Dance, and explore the Ningaloo reef ecosystem and biology of whale sharks.

Manage a Fishery

Students will attempt to manage a sustainable fishery with pressures from increasing technology and fishing efficiency.

Sustainable Shores

Students will begin to comprehend the complex nature of coastal zone and aquatic resource management, identify conflicting activities and apply a sustainable approach to hypothetical and real life situations.

Planning a Safe Fishing Trip

Students will identify a range of risks associated with recreational fishing, implement strategies to reduce or exclude risks and develop a safe fishing plan for a future or hypothetical fishing excursion.

Home Sweet Home

Students will investigate the needs of marine organisms and the role they play in marine ecosystems through a ‘musical chairs’ style game and constructing a habitat diorama.

Estuarine Crocodiles

Students will identify the key features of estuarine crocodiles and recognise how these features enable them to survive and adapt to the aquatic environment of the Kimberley region in Western Australia.

What's a Fish

Students will learn about the features used to classify fish and compare them to features of other organisms. This lesson will focus closely on the external features of bony fish and how they help fish to survive underwater.

I've Got the Key

Students will learn what a dichotomous key is, why and how they are used, and attempt to create their own dichotomous keys.

SEE Food

Using the children’s book See Food, written by Guundie Kuchling, students will gain an understanding of how food chains, food webs and food pyramids work through illustrations and hands-on activities.

The Plankton Challenge

Students will construct a plankton model and simulate real life adaptations through using different types of materials. The aim is to construct a model that exhibits neutral buoyancy.

The Tide is High

Students will understand the forces that influence tides and the significance of the Lunar cycle. Students will interpret tidal movement by analysing tidal patterns and predicted tide tables.

Water Density

Students will explore the effect of salinity and temperature on water density and mixing of seawater, in the context of understanding how seawater is circulated in the ocean through currents.

Coriolis Effect

Students will understand the concept of the Coriolis Effect by attempting to draw a straight line on a rotating disc and apply this principle to understanding ocean gyres.

Acid Test

Students will investigate the phenomena of ocean acidification and test the effects of increasing acidity on shell-forming marine organisms.

Salty Seas

Students will explore the properties of seawater through dissolving salts and observing evaporation and freezing.

Getting Deeper

Students will explore the features and depth profile of the ocean floor through viewing bathymetry maps, diagrams and animations, culminating in the construction of a shoe box model of the ocean floor.

Oceans Divided

Students will interpret an atlas and explore the world’s oceans through mapping five oceans and other key features.

Life in the Mangroves

Through constructing a mangrove ecosystem storyboard, students will explore the function of mangrove ecosystems and how organisms depend on mangroves for food, shelter and lifecycle.

How Many Fish in the Sea?

Students will investigate methods that are used to estimate animal populations and acknowledge the need to consider variables and constraints that can affect the confidence of results and effectiveness of management.

Hook, Line and Sinker

Students will gain an understanding of the social amenity and economic benefits of recreational fishing to the community, and learn how to apply sustainable behaviours and attitudes when fishing and caring for the marine environment.  Students will also learn skills

Dissect a Fish

Students dissect a bony fish, identify the internal features and learn how these features enable the fish to survive.

Marine Connections

Students will investigate marine ecosystems by examining the structure of marine food chains and food webs for Shark Bay.


Australian herring

This resource is an interactive image created in Thinglink, illustrating both the external and internal anatomy of an Australian herring. When viewing the image, hover over the icons to reveal extra information, images and video.

Cocos Islands Food Web

Discover who eats who and the important relationships between the terrestrial and marine environments on Cocos (Keeling) Islands. The Food web poster also highlights how humans fit into the food chain and allows you to imagine what may happen if

Christmas Islands Food Web

Discover who eats who and the important relationships between the terrestrial and marine environments on Christmas Island. This Food web poster also highlights how humans fit into the food chain and allows you to imagine what may happen if we

Ocean Alphabet Poster

It's the A-Z of ocean organisms in Western Australia!   Please note - printed copies of this poster are not yet available.

Ocean Warming

The ‘marine heat wave’ that  was observed off the coast of Western Australia in the summer of 2010/11, saw ocean waters around the mid-west coast rise more than 3°C above average. Learn more about this event from this poster.

Bony fish – internal anatomy

Explore the internal anatomy of a bony fish in this interactive poster.

Bony fish – external anatomy

Explore the external anatomy of a bony fish in this interactive poster.

Marine Habitats of Western Australia

This poster explores the myriad of marine habitats found in Western Australia.

Western Rock Lobster Life Cycle

This poster features the Life Cycle of the Western Rock Lobster with images of egg and larval stages.

A Balancing Act

This poster shows the diversity of Western Australia's marine and coastal environments and the increasing number of activities that place growing pressure on the sustainability of our aquatic resources. Request a physical copy of this poster here.

Management for a Sustainable Future

Request a physical copy of this poster here.

Who goes with the flow?

A poster featuring the pathway of the Leeuwin current along the Western Australia coastline.

Barramundi Life Cycle

This poster features the life cycle of Barramundi with images of egg, larval and juvenile stages.

Demersal Scalefish

The Bottom Dwellers

Too Much of a Good Thing (Estuaries)

This poster highlights the impacts of oversupply of nutrients in estuaries.


Tingly Tentacles


Armoured Invertebrates


Soft Bodies, Hard Shells


Ancient, Colourful and Full of Holes!


Spiny-Skinned Creatures from the Ocean

Living Limestone Reefs

Limestone reefs are nature's stepping stones for a variety of life perched precariously between land and sea.  Learn more about the organisms that inhabit Western Australia's limestone reefs from this poster. Request a physical copy of this poster here.

Case Studies

Monitoring Coral Bleaching on Christmas Island

Coral bleaching is the number one threat to reefs worldwide. In early 2010, a coral bleaching event occurred on Christmas Island for the first time in 15 years.

Fact Sheets

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Barcheek Coral Trout

Barcheek coral trout are a long-lived and slow-growing fish found along the continental shelf between Ningaloo and the Northern Territory border. Since they inhabit inshore areas they are more vulnerable to overfishing and localised depletion than other coral trout species.

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Estuarine Cobbler

Cobbler (Cnidoglanis macrocephalus), or catfish as they’re known outside Western Australia, are ‘endemic’ to Australia, meaning they’re only found here. They live in the southern half of the country, in coastal and estuarine waters up to about 30 metres deep.

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Introduced Marine Species

Dangerous migrants – marine species that are introduced into environments in which they do not occur naturally can become deadly pests and represent one of the greatest threats to the world's oceans and biodiversity. This fact sheet identifies some of

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Barramundi

Barramundi are a highly opportunistic species that dominate many tropical rivers. Delicious and thrilling to catch, they also live in both freshwater and saltwater, change sex and eat just about anything. Barramundi support substantial commercial, recreational and customary fisheries, as

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Tailor

Tailor are one of the most popular recreational fishing species along the west coast of Western Australia.  Learn more about what fisheries' scientists know of tailor from more than 15 years worth of data collection on this species.

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Western Blue Groper

In southern Australia, the western blue groper is actually the largest carnivorous bony fish species found living on reefs, reaching a length of up to 1.7 m and a weight of up to 40 kg.  Learn more about the biology

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Threadfins

With their goggling, oddly placed eyes and their whisker-like pectoral filaments, threadfins are one of the weirder looking Western Australian fish species. Find out more about the biology of these weird looking fish and the commercial fishery in this fact

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Sawfish

The unusual-looking sawfish family are a type of ray and are therefore related to sharks. Found in both marine and freshwater, these predatory fish derive their name from their long snouts lined with sharp points. An identification and general information

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Western Rock Lobster

Colourful and protected by a strong carapace, the western rock lobster is one of the family of 'spiny' lobsters - and the target of WA's largest and most valuable fishery. This fact sheet explores the basic biology of the western rock lobster.

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Sharks

Of the 370-plus shark species in the world, more than 100 species live in Western Australian waters. This fact sheet provides general information about the biology of sharks, protected species and their vulnerability to overfishing.

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Pink Snapper

Pink snapper are one of Western Australia's best-known and most sought-after fish. This fact sheet provides information on the widely distributed Pink Snapper (Pagrus auratus) and their biology.

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Blowfish

The common blowfish or 'blowie', is abundant in estuaries and coastal waters throughout south-west Western Australia. While the blowfish will never win a popularity contest, it has an important role in marine ecosystems. The blowie is native to WA and

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Baldchin Groper

Baldchin groper, affectionately known as 'baldies', are greatly prized for their high-quality white flesh.  Found only in WA, they are powerful swimmers and quite capable of breaking a fishing line as they dive for cover among rocks and coral. This

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Australian Herring

A staple fish for recreational and commercial fisheries in the south of the State, Australian herring are a popular and abundant species with a lifecycle dependent on prevailing currents.

Fisheries Fact Sheet: West Australian Dhufish

A fact sheet providing information on Western Australian dhufish (Glaucosoma hebracium), a fish species endemic to the southern part of Western Australia. Its great size and superb eating qualities make this fish a Western Australian fishing icon.

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Marron

Marron are the largest freshwater crayfish in Western Australia and the third largest freshwater crayfish on Earth. Find out more about the biology of these freshwater species in this fact sheet.

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Bycatch

What is bycatch? The accidental capture of unwanted or non-targeted fish or other animals. This fact sheet outlines what is bycatch and what the fishing industry is doing to reduce it through bycatch reduction devices and modified fishing equipment.

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Blue Swimmer Crab

This fact sheet provides information about blue swimmer crabs (Portunus pelagicus), a tropical crustacean species found in Western Australia mainly between Karratha and Dunsborough. Also known as a blue manna crab, it is an important recreational and commerical fishing species.

Fisheries Fact Sheet: Black Bream

Black bream is one of the most important recreational and commercial fish species in the estuaries of south-Western Australia. A 'true' estuarine species, black bream complete their whole lifecycle within an estuary and are reliant on healthy rivers and estuaries

Other Resources

Statewide Recreational Fishing Guide

From 1 February, 2013 new recreational fishing rules apply across the whole of Western Australia.

Catch Care Tips for Recreational Fishers

This ‘Catch care – tips for recreational fishers’ booklet includes lots of information about catching and preparing your fish.

FOP No. 57 Introduced Marine Species in Western Australia

Fisheries Occasional Publication No. 57, March 2009.  Fred E. Wells, Justin I. McDonald and John M. Huisman


An indicator for climate change? The corals of the Houtman Abrolhos Islands.

Western Fisheries article by Steve Ireland, November 2011, pg. 52-53

What are fishes made of?

Western Fisheries article by Steve Ireland, December 2008, pg. 22-27

School for Survival

Western Fisheries article by Steve Ireland, April 2006, pg. 42-47

Pink Snapper Egg Survey

Western Fisheries article, November 2006, pg. 49

Oldest Pink Snapper

Western Fisheries article by Eloise Dortch, March 2009, pg. 36-37

How to Get Inside a Fish's Head

Western Fisheries article by Dr Jill St John, Summer 2003/04, pg. 43

When Ears Tell Tales

Western Fisheries article by Cathy Anderson, September 2004, pg. 26-27

Looking for little lobsters

Western Fisheries article by Cathy Anderson, July 2010, pg. 46-48

Western Rock Lobster Fishery Trends

Western Fisheries article, December 2008, pg. 47

Between a rock lobster and a hard place

Western Fisheries article by Ben Carlish, April 2010, pg. 48-51

The Hunt for Missing Puerulus

This time a year ago, it seemed that good news awaited Western Asutralia's western rock lobster fishery.  For the first time in eight years, climatic conditions were ideal for the strong recruitment of young lobster.  But from August onwards, when

The Strange and Secret Army

Most people interested in fishing in Western Australia know a fair bit about how we manage the stocks of western rock lobster, the fact that there is a 'season' for them, bag and size limits and that sort of thing. 

Artificial reefs: Oases for Marine Life?

Western Fisheries article by Michelle Dyer, December 2009, pg. 42-43

The end of the world. Part 3

Western Fisheries article by Cathy Anderson, December 2009, pg. 6-11

Le Bout du Monde Deuxieme Partie (the end of the world. Part 2)

Western Fisheries article by Cathy Anderson, September 2009, pg. 6-11

The end of the world. Part 1

Western Fisheries article by Cathy Anderson, July 2009, pg. 16-23

Recreational Fishing Frontier

Until 10 or 15 years ago, deepwater species in Western Australia have escped the attention of recreational fishers.  However, anglers armed with large boats and hi-tech fishing gear are pursuing several long-lived species like hapuku and bass groper.  This article

Fisheries taps Port Gregory pond potential

Western Fisheries article, July 2006, pg. 45

Crustaceans: The hard facts

Western Fisheries article by Marcia van Zeller , November 2007, pg. 26-29

Molluscs – Insects of the sea

Western Fisheries article by Dr Fred Wells, July 2007, pg. 24-26

The World's Simplest Animals

Western Fisheries article by Dr Jane Fromont, Mar 2007, pg. 22-24

Expanding Our Knowledge of Ningaloo

Western Fisheries article by C. Amalfi, Dec 2006, pg. 46-47

A Reef of Data

Western Fisheries article by C. Anderson, Jul 2010, pg. 38-41. Every time the Western Australian Museum, the Australian Institute of Marine Research, the CSIRO, WA government scientists or any of our universities surveys WA’s northern waters, their findings reinforce the

Spiny, Symmetrical and Strange: The Weird World of Echinoderms

Western Fisheries article, Dec 2006, pg. 28-31

Cnidarians: Diverse and Spectacular

Western Fisheries article by Loisette Marsh, Jan 2008, pg. 31-34

Assessment of Human Activity Impacts on Abrolhos Reefs

Western Fisheries article, Jan 2008, pg. 48-49

Limestone Kingdoms of Western Australia

Western Fisheries article by C. Amalfi, Dec 2005, pg. 8-13

Rainforests of the Sea

Western Fisheries article by C. Amalfi, Apr 2006, pg. 9-13

Looking After Our Nearshore Fish Stocks

Western Fisheries article by S. Ireland, Apr 2010, pg. 29-35

Looking Through a Fish Eye Darkly

Western Fisheries article by S. Ireland, Nov 2007, pg. 44-47

'Have You Heard the One About the Talking Fish'

Western Fisheries article by S. Ireland, Sept 2008, pg. 24-29

Even Fish Get the Bends

Western Fisheries article by S. Ireland, Apr 2008, pg. 26-31

Little Drifters are Beacons of Climate Change

Humble though they may seem and occupying a low position in the marine food web, plankton are vital to the health not only of oceans, but also of the world’s atmospheric and terrestrial environments. Increasingly, plankton are also seen by

A Day in the Life of…

A Day in the Life of… Jan St Quintin and Lee Higgins, Osteo-Chronologists, Western Fisheries article by B. Carlish, Apr 2010, pg. 16-18

Stars in the Sea

Driven by a love of the sea and fascination for its largest fish, the elusive whale shark, Australian naturalist Brad Norman has created a worldwide photo-identification system which enables ordinary people to assist in conserving Rhincodon typus. Story: Julian Cribb,

The Unforgiving Sea: Tips for Safe Summer Fishing

Western Fisheries article by C. Amalfi, Dec 2006, pg. 24-25

Life Saving Rings to be Installed Along Quobba Coast

Western Fisheries article by R. Myers, Dec 2006, pg. 24

Marking Time… and Distance… and Distance…

Fishing tales must be among the tallest and most entertaining in the world, but are no basis for a system of management. With the world’s oceans and fisheries under great environmental and commercial stress, having accurate data about the marine

Save Us Your Skeletons

Western Fisheries article by S. Ireland, Dec 2008, pg. 48-49

Fishing Log Book Unlocks History

Western Fisheries article by B. Carlish, Dec 2009, pg. 18-19

Major Busts Dent Seafood Black Market

Western Fisheries article by B. Carlish, Dec 2009, pg. 20-21

Predicting the Leeuwin System

The urgency to understand and adapt to the Earth’s changing climate has caused an explosion in climate studies and collection of data about atmospheric and oceanic weather systems. Cathy Anderson reports on a new scientific study to better understand the

Miaboolya Water Under the Microscope

Western Fisheries article by M. van Zellar, Jan 2008, pg. 14-15

Race Against Time to Save Coral Reefs

The Australian Coral Reef Society (ACRS) was established 83 years ago. Eloise Dortch attended its annual conference held in Fremantle and found some of its most eminent speakers wondered whether in the future, there would be any coral reefs left

Protecting Species on Intertidal Platforms

Western Fisheries article by F. Wells, J. Keesing and T. Irvine, Jan 2008, pg. 40-41

Unwelcome Guests

Imagine somebody’s dream holiday, slowly sailing a small yacht through the Indonesian archipelago, taking time to anchor, swim and fish in remote bays. The yacht crosses to the north of Australia and gradually works its way down the Kimberley coast

Masters of Adaptation

A high percentage of fish caught commercially spend some time in mangroves or are dependent on food chains which can be traced back to mangroves. With mangrove cover decreasing worldwide, Carmelo Amalfi reports on the state of Western Australia’s mangal

How Fish Move and How We Can Help Them

Western Fisheries article by S. Ireland, Jul 2006, pg. 12-17

Deep Mysteries of the Perth Canyon

It is deeper and longer than the Grand Canyon. It attracts hundreds of hungry whales to the Western Australian coast each summer. And it is right off the coast of Perth, just west of Rottnest Island. Carmelo Amalfi delves into

Skin Secrets

Depending on the species, a fish’s skin can be quite stunning to behold – bright, shimmering and luminous. But just as with humans, fish skin is a large and complex organ, essential to survival. It may also hold the secret

Nathan Drew Safety Buoys

Western Fisheries article by E. Dortch, Jul 2007, pg. 30-31

Planning for the Future of Our Southern Coast

The concept of ‘regional marine planning’ is relatively new. Australia is among the world leaders in embracing this concept and now it is coming to a coast near you. What is it and how can you get involved?, Western Fisheries

Pinks Back from the Brink

Around 15 years ago, numbers of pink snapper in the inner gulfs of Shark Bay were on the brink of collapse. The Department of Fisheries initiated a comprehensive and long-term research, education and management program that is still ongoing today,

Quick, Call Me a Taxonomist! (Sorry, They’re all Busy…)

It’s estimated that the world’s oceans, particularly the virtually unexplored depths, could hold tens of millions of undiscovered species. But with fewer and fewer taxonomists to analyse, describe and classify new species, we may never know the full extent of

Crashing the Parties

Western Fisheries article by C. Anderson, Jun 2009, pg.34-38

How Fish Breathe and Why They Need Good Water

Western Fisheries article by S. Ireland and M. de Graaf, Mar 2007, pg.12-17

Counting the Plastic Pellet Scourge

Western Fisheries article by M, Van Zeller, Mar 2009, pg.15

C’mon and Embrace the Smell...

or How Sea Wrack Plays a Vital Role in Raising Fish Seaweed and seagrass washed up on the beach may look unsightly and smell even worse, but they provide a nutritional haven for many marine species. Steve Ireland explains

Winning the War Against Fish Disease

In the first of two articles about fish health, advanced technologies for detecting disease that could infect entire fish populations were explained. In this, the second of the articles, Steve Ireland explores the parallels between the methods used to keep

The Water of Life

Cathy Anderson discovers some astonishing facts about a substance many of us take for granted: sea water, Western Fisheries article by C. Anderson Mar 2009, pg. 50-55

Flowers of the Ocean: WA’s Expansive Seagrass Meadows

Watch the flowers bloom around your home this spring, then imagine the same wonder of nature taking place underwater in fields of seagrasses within snorkelling distance of the Western Australian coast. The shallow coastal beds shared by other unique marine

The Uncommon Senses of Fish

Like human beings, fish are equipped with the senses of taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight – but they also have other ingenious ways of perceiving their watery world. Steve Ireland reports, Western Fisheries article by S. Ireland Nov 2006,

Taking Action Now to Ensure Demersal Scalefish for the Future

The West Coast Bioregion is home to a variety of fish species that live on or near the bottom of the ocean. These fish are termed ‘demersal’ species and include dhufish, pink snapper, baldchin groper, breaksea cod, blue morwong (queen

Getting a Bite to Eat

Fish in Western Australia’s south-western estuaries and nearshore areas have evolved to eat and thrive on the types of food that are naturally available to them – just like humans. However, as Steve Ireland discovers, they also share our ability

A Pest in Time Saves…Millions

Western Fisheries article by M. Hourston Oct 2010, pg. 38-39

Finfish Focus

Western Fisheries article by B. Carlish and B. Molony Oct 2010, pg. 42-44

Codium Confirmed in Albany Harbour

Western Fisheries article by M. Van Zeller Sept 2008, pg. 13

Invasion of the Water Snatchers

In the final of two articles on how marine species from other places made their homes in Western Australia, Steve Ireland looks at how marine invaders have turned up uninvited on our shores. Some have prospered, while others have disappeared

Abalone Study Points the Way

Western Fisheries article by C. Anderson Sept 2008, pg. 38-40

A Delicate Question of Balance

As with humans, the health of Western Australia’s South West estuaries and their fish populations is a balancing act – too much ‘food’ and all sorts of problems, such as algal blooms, can occur. Steve Ireland takes a look at

It’s Fishing, Jim, but Not as We Know It

Significant technological advances in fishing equipment have made catching big fish easier and far more accessible for the vast majority of recreational anglers. But with more fishers better ‘armed’ than ever before, Ben Carlish looks at how this technology works

Diver Below

Location, location, location... You’ve heard it a thousand times before, but what has it got to do with abalone fishing? Everything it seems, Western Fisheries article by B. Wiseman, Winter 2003, pg. 6-9


Survival in the Sea

A look at the diversity of marine species in their environment.

Teacher Guides

Teacher Guide: Ecological Suites

An activity designed to increase awareness of the aquatic environment zones (ecological suites) that different species inhabit in Western Australian waters.

Teacher Guide: Real Fish Real Science

Students will learn why fisheries scientists dissect fish and what information can be found from examining the external and internal structure of a fish. Students then carry out their own fish dissection, where they will get to extract the ear bones, or otoliths, from their fish. All data collected will contribute to true stock assessment data.

Teacher Guide: Bare Bones Fisheries Science

A Fisheries Activity 1. Overview Students will learn why fisheries scientists dissect fish and what information can be found from examining the external and internal structure of a fish. Students then carry out their own fish dissection, where they

Teacher Guide: A Plethora of Plankton

Students will learn how fisheries scientists use plankton to estimate fish populations, egg production and determine the health of fisheries. Students will conduct their own plankton tow and learn to identify common plankton.

Teacher Guide: Scientific Sandcastles

Build sand­cas­tles with a dif­fer­ence – stu­dents will work in teams to build some pop­u­lar marine crea­tures. They will learn about various body parts of the creature they build, and the functions of these parts. They will also learn about the local area where they are doing the activity and discuss some of the items they find washed up on the beach.

Teacher Guide: Fishing for Sustainability

A Department of Fisheries activity that gives students an overview of the role that the Department of Fisheries plays in managing our aquatic natural resources. Students will try their hand at ‘dry fishing’ with their own handline to observe the effects of fishing pressure on our fish stocks, and how management and science plays an important role in conserving them.

Teacher Guide: Bringing the Beach to You

A Department of Fisheries activity where students work in groups to classify organisms commonly found washed up on our local beaches.

In Depths

Indian Ocean Territories – In Depth

Referred to as the Indian Ocean Territories (IOTs), the remote location of Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands is the key to their unique and spectacular marine biodiversity.

Living with the Leeuwin Current – In Depth

At 5,500 kilometres, the Leeuwin Current is the world's longest continuous coastal or boundary current.

Houtman Abrolhos System – In Depth

The Houtman Abrolhos, commonly referred to as "The Abrolhos", consist of 122 islands lying 60 kilometres west of Geraldton on Western Australia's mid-west coast.


Spectacular Sea Monkeys

Learn all about Artemia more commonly known as sea monkeys. This presentation accompanies the Amazing Artemia Lesson Plan.

Who Lives There?

Explore the range of marine habitats found in Western Australia. This presentation is a resource related to the "Who Lives Where?" Lesson Plan.

Discovering Coral Reefs

Learn about the different types of corals and the organisms inhabiting coral reef environments.

Examples of Coastal Erosion

Explore examples of coastal erosion worldwide. This presentation is a resource related to the 'Exposing Erosion' Lesson Plan.

Inhabiting the Intertidal

Learn about the organisms that inhabit our intertidal rocky shores. This presentation is a resource related to the 'Inhabiting Intertidal Rocky Shores' and 'Excursion: Intertidal Investigation' lesson plans.

The Intertidal Zone: a reef platform

Explore the zones of the intertidal zone and learn about the challenges that organisms inhabiting this environment face. This presentation is a resource related to the 'Inhabiting Intertidal Rocky Shores' and 'Excursion: Intertidal Investigation' lesson plans.

Who am I?

View photos of oganisms encountered in the game Ocean Bingo. This presentation is a resource related to the 'Ocean Bingo' Lesson Plan.

Australian Herring Whole Otolith PowerPoint Presentation

View slides of whole Australian herring otoliths to determine the age of each fish.  This presentation is a resource related to the 'What's My Age Again?' Lesson Plan.

Black Bream Sectioned Otolith PowerPoint Presentation

View sectioned slides of Black bream otoliths to determine the age of each fish.  This presentation is a resource related to the 'What's My Age Again?' Lesson Plan.

Harmful Marine Debris

This PowerPoint presentation illustrates the impact that plastic has on the marine environment. This is a related resource to the Un-fantastic Plastic lesson plan.

Up high... down low

This PowerPoint presentation illustrates the various marine environment from above and below. This is a related resource to the Home Sweet Home lesson plan.

Fish Adaptations

This PowerPoint presentation will assist in identifying various fish adaptations and how they help the fish to survive in their habitat. This is a related resource to the Designer Fish lesson plan.


Sea Urchin Label Game

Sea urchins are covered with spines, which help them to move around, as well as protect them from predators. The spines break off when the urchin dies and the empty tests wash up on the beach. In this game, drag

Sponge Label Game

Often mistaken for plants, sponges are actually animals! In this game, drag the labels to their correct position and learn more about these simple animals.

Sea Snail Label Game

Snails belong to a group of organisms called gastropods, meaning stomach-foot animals. In this game, drag the labels to their correct position and learn more about these animals.

Sea Anemone Label Game

Sea anemones belong to a group of animals called anthozoans, meaning 'flower animals'. They have mouths surrounded by one or more rows of tentacles. In this game, correctly label the sea anemone and discover more about this pretty animal.

Coral Polyp Label Game

Did you know... the structures we call ‘corals’ are actually made up of thousands of tiny invertebrate animals called polyps and their external calcium carbonate skeletons! In this game, drag the labels of the coral polyp to their correct position

Pest Line-up Game

Students will work through an interactive game to identify the introduced marine species out of a line-up that includes Australian native species. Follow us on Facebook Fisheries Division Woodside Energy