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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.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 17.10.2019

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 1.7m and a weight of up to 40kg. Learn more about the biology of this fish in this fact sheet.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 17.10.2019

Fact Sheet: 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.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 17.10.2019

Fact Sheet: Threadfin Salmon

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 sheet.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 17.10.2019

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.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 17.10.2019

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.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 17.10.2019

Fact Sheet: Seagrasses

Seagrasses support highly productive and diverse ecosystems. These specialised marine plants are vitally important in the coastal environment because they are a source of food and shelter, oxygenate water, trap sand and recycle nutrients; and provide breeding habitats and nursery areas for many marine organisms.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 17.10.2019

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 lines with sharp points. An identification and general information guide on Sawfish.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 17.10.2019

Fact Sheet: Samson fish

Strong name, strong fish. Named after the biblical figure of Samson who was granted superhuman strength from God, Samson fish are a powerful and large predatory fish of the open water.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 16.10.2019

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.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 16.10.2019

Fact Sheet: Mud Crab

Mud crabs are prized by recreational fishers for their impressive size and delicious taste.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 16.10.2019

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.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 16.10.2019

Fact Sheet: Mangroves

Mangrove forests are one of Australia's most geographically widespread ecosystems. They provide a crucial role in the protection of Australia's coastline as well as being vital for the biological health and productivity of Australia's coastal waters.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 16.10.2019

Fact Sheet: Freshwater Crayfish Identification

Freshwater crayfish are an important part of ecosystems in south-west rivers and dams and are also one of Western Australia's great delicacies.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 16.10.2019

Fact Sheet: Whale Shark

Despite their huge size, whale sharks are docile, filter feeders that cruise the world's oceans looking for plankton.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 16.10.2019

Hillarys School Excursion: Reef Transect

As well as a variety of fish species, many common invertebrate species live close to the shore.

Resource type: School ExcursionLast updated: 09.10.2019

Hillarys School Excursion: Adapting to their Environment

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development plays an important role in managing our aquatic natural resources sustainably.

Resource type: School ExcursionLast updated: 09.10.2019

School Excursion: Rock Lobster: Shake, Settle & Roll

Western Australia’s fishery for western rock lobster (Panulirus cygnus) has received international acknowledgement as one of the best managed and most sustainable in the world.

Resource type: School ExcursionLast updated: 09.10.2019

Hillarys School Excursion: Science of Sampling

Have you ever wondered what is actually under the surface of the world’s oceans?

Resource type: School ExcursionLast updated: 09.10.2019

Hillarys School Excursion: Fish of Ages

How old do fish live to be? Why do fisheries scientists age fish? How do they do it?

Resource type: School ExcursionLast updated: 08.10.2019

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