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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: 22.06.2022

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: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Baldchin Groper

This fact sheet covers information on the biology and ecology of the Baldchin groper.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Humphead Maori Wrasse

The humphead Maori wrasse is easily recognisable, being over 2 metres long with a large hump on its head and big fleshy lips.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill turtles are known to nest and feed at the Rowley Shoals which provides an oceanic refuge for these world travelers.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Australian Herring

Australian herring are a popular species with a lifecycle dependent on prevailing currents.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Blowfish

The common blowfish or 'blowie', is abundant in estuaries and coastal waters throughout south-west Western Australia. While the blowfish will never win a popularity contest, it has an important role in marine ecosystems. The blowie is native to WA and keeps our waterways clean by eating waste scrap, bait and berley.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Blue Swimmer Crab

This fact sheet provides information about blue swimmer crabs, a tropical crustacean species found in Western Australia mainly between Karratha and Dunsborough. Also known as a blue manna crab, it is an important recreational and commercial fishing species.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Abalone

Abalone are a family of reef-dwelling marine snails which are the target in Western Australia of a lucrative export commercial fishery and one of the world's shortest recreational fishing seasons.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Introduced Marine Species

Dangerous migrants - marine species that are introduced into environments in which they do not occur naturally can become deadly pests and represent one of the greatest threats to the world's oceans and biodiversity.
This fact sheet identifies some of the species introduced into Western Australia, how they get here and their impact on our native marine environment.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

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: 09.06.2022

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: 09.06.2022

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: 09.06.2022

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: 09.06.2022

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: 09.06.2022

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: 09.06.2022

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: 09.06.2022

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: 09.06.2022

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: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Green Mud Crab

Prized by recreational fishers for their impressive size and delicious taste, green mud crabs are targeted by fishers throughout tropical Australia.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

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