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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 Department of 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,

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.

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