Albany SHS Marine Science students presented the results of their on-going research projects to Fisheries staff at Hillarys today. Students from years 8 – 10 presented on a range of topics including:
The abundance and distribution of surf clams in the Albany Region.
A comparison of coastal saltmarsh flora in Princess Royal and Oyster harbours.
The settlement of native flat oysters and other invertebrates in Princess Royal and Oyster harbours.
Five years of investigating the erosion and deposition of sand at Middleton beach.
The abundance and distribution of stingrays, stingarees, fiddler rays and shovelnose rays in Princess Royal and Oyster harbours.
The students’ research assists Fisheries staff as well as other government agencies (such as Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions) with data collection and provides the students with experience in scientific methodology.
Check out the Intertidal Investigation and Getting to Know Your Reef Lesson Plans for some ideas on conducting your own field investigations with your students.