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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

Teacher Guides

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: 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.

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