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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.

Meet the Cast

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

Who Lives Where?

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

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?'

Excursion: Intertidal Investigation

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

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.

It's Classified

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

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.

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.

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.


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.

Marine Habitats of Western Australia

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

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.


Tingly Tentacles


Armoured Invertebrates


Soft Bodies, Hard Shells


Ancient, Colourful and Full of Holes!


Spiny-Skinned Creatures from the Ocean


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

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

Limestone Kingdoms of Western Australia

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

Life Saving Rings to be Installed Along Quobba Coast

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

Protecting Species on Intertidal Platforms

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

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

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

Teacher Guides

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.


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.

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.


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. Follow us on Facebook Fisheries Division Woodside Energy