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Lesson: Ecological footprint

Students will investigate some human impacts on the marine environment and develop informative posters for their school community.

Resource type: LessonLast updated: 22.06.2022

Lesson: Fishing for abalone

In this lesson, students will consider the impact of overfishing and investigate the recreational abalone fishing rules.

Resource type: LessonLast updated: 22.06.2022

Student worksheet: Abalone fishing rules

This worksheet is associated with the Lesson: Fishing for abalone

Resource type: Student WorksheetLast updated: 16.06.2022

Student worksheet: Exposition planner

This student worksheet is associated with the Lesson: Exposition.

Resource type: Student WorksheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Brown Mud Crab

Thought to be the green mud crab for many years; it wasn't until 1998, that the brown mud crab was recognised as a distinct species.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

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: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Mud Crab

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

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Estuarine cobbler

Cobbler or catfish as they are known outside Western Australia, are 'endemic' to Australia, meaning they're only found here. They live in the southern half of the country, in coastal and estuarine waters up to about 30 metres deep.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 09.06.2022

Fact Sheet: Black Bream

Black bream is one of the most important recreational and commercial fish species in the estuaries of south-Western Australia. A 'true' estuarine species, black bream complete their whole lifecycle within an estuary and are reliant on healthy rivers and estuaries for their survival.
To find out more, download this fact sheet.

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: 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

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