This introductory session asks students to reflect on their relationship with the marine environment and describes the role the Department plays in managing Western Australia’s aquatic resources and environments.

Duration: 20 – 30 minutes

This introductory session asks students to consider how they use the marine environment and the impact they may have on it. It provides students with an overview of the role that the Department has in sustainably managing our aquatic natural resources and how they can contribute to its sustainable management.

In this session, the variety and sustainability status of Western Australian fisheries, both freshwater and marine, is briefly explained. An overview of the tools the Department uses to monitor these fisheries, and their associated habitats, is also explored.

We will touch on the role of other government agencies in the management of the Western Australian aquatic environment, as well as our relationship with non-Government stakeholders such as commercial, customary, and recreational fishing bodies.

Senior secondary students may also discuss the Leeuwin Current as one of the driving forces of the unique marine ecosystems found in Western Australian during this session (upon request).

This session may be delivered in Whitfords Nodes Park (across the road) for large groups (>60 students), weather permitting. The session runs for approximately 15-20 minutes for students in years K-2; and for 20-30 minutes for students in years 3-12. General housekeeping about your visit is also covered.

Cost: Free when booked with another activity, of $5 per student (capped at $50 per group) when run on its own