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Beachcombers Field Guide

The Beachcombers Field Guide is an easy to use identification tool that describes some of the more common items you may find whilst beachcombing in the southern half of Western Australia.

Resource type: Field GuideLast updated: 27.04.2022

Marine protected species identification guide

The Western Australian marine environment is home to a number of species that are protected under international agreements and national or state legislation.

Resource type: Field GuideLast updated: 12.04.2022

Reef Transect

Resource type: UnitLast updated: 24.02.2022

Teacher Guide: Reef Transect

Come and discover what is found on Perth's limestone reef and conduct an ecosystem survey using transects and quadrats.

Resource type: Teacher GuideLast updated: 24.02.2022

Fun Fact Sheet: Cleaning Station

There are many symbiotic relationships between organisms in the marine environment, which can have either beneficial or detrimental effects.

Resource type: Fun Fact SheetLast updated: 15.04.2021

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: 31.05.2020

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: 27.05.2020

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: 26.05.2020

Fact Sheet: Fish Adaptations

Fish have adapted to live in an enormously wide range of aquatic habitats. Adaptations are features that increase the animals’ likelihood of surviving in their habitat.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 26.05.2020

Fun Fact Sheet: Chiton

There are around 1,000 different species of chitons worldwide. In Australia, South Australia has the greatest concentration of species.

Resource type: Fun Fact SheetLast updated: 04.05.2020

Fun Fact Sheet: Barnacles

There are 1,200 species of barnacles around the world that come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Resource type: Fun Fact SheetLast updated: 04.05.2020

Fun Fact Sheet: Cuttlefish

With eight arms, three hearts and blue blood, cuttlefish could easily be mistaken for something from outer space.

Resource type: Fun Fact SheetLast updated: 29.04.2020

Student Worksheet: Fieldwork – Beach Walk: North Coast – Data Collection

This is a downloadable version of the Beach Walk - North Coast data collection form.

Resource type: Student WorksheetLast updated: 11.03.2020

Student Worksheet: Fieldwork – Beach Walk: West Coast – Data Collection

This is a downloadable version of the Beach Walk - West Coast data collection form.

Resource type: Student WorksheetLast updated: 11.03.2020

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: 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: 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

Poster: Western Rock Lobster Life Cycle

This poster features the life cycle of the Western Rock Lobster with images of egg and larval stages

Resource type: PosterLast updated: 19.09.2019

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: 22.08.2019

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