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Fact Sheet: Marine Debris

Marine debris is the name given to rubbish that finds its way into our oceans and coastal environment.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast 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

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: 22.08.2019

Fact Sheet: Bycatch

What is bycatch? The accidental capture of unwanted or non-targeted fish or other animals. This fact sheet outlines what is bycatch and what the fishing industry is doing to reduce it through bycatch reduction devices and modified fishing equipment.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 22.08.2019

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: 22.08.2019

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: 22.08.2019

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: 22.08.2019

Fact Sheet: Barramundi

Barramundi are a highly opportunistic species that dominate many tropical rivers. Delicious and thrilling to catch, they also live in both freshwater and saltwater, change sex and eat just about anything. Barramundi support substantial commercial, recreational and customary fisheries, as well as an aquaculture industry Australia-wide.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 22.08.2019

Fact Sheet: Barcheek Coral Trout

Barcheek coral trout are a long-lived and slow-growing fish found along the continental shelf between Ningaloo and the Northern Territory border. Since they inhabit inshore areas they are more vulnerable to overfishing and localised depletion than other coral trout species.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 22.08.2019

Fact Sheet: Baldchin Groper

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

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 22.08.2019

Fact Sheet: Algae

Algae are an extremely diverse group of photosynthetic organisms that are the basis for almost all food chains in the world's oceans.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 22.08.2019

Fun Fact Sheet: White Shark

White sharks are warm blooded. They have a heat-exchanging circulatory system that allows them to maintain their body temperature above that of the surrounding seawater. This allows them to swim at high speeds through cooler water.

Resource type: Fun Fact SheetLast updated: 20.08.2019

Fact Sheet: Commercial Fishing

Where do you get your seafood?
Do you catch it, or is it handed over the fence by your fishing obsessed neighbour or do you buy it from your local fishmonger or supermarket?

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 18.06.2019

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: 18.06.2019

Fact Sheet: Climate Change

The Earth's climate is not static, having changed many times throughout history in response to natural causes.

Resource type: Fact SheetLast updated: 18.06.2019

Poster: Ocean Warming

The 'marine heat wave' that was observed off the coast of Western Australia in the summer of 2010/11, saw ocean waters around the mid-west coast rise more than 3 degrees Celsius above average. Learn more about this from this poster.

Resource type: PosterLast updated: 11.06.2019

Poster: Bringing the Beach to You – South Coast

Explore the beach flotsam and jetsam of the South Coast bioregion.

Resource type: PosterLast updated: 11.06.2019

Poster: Aquatic Invaders in WA

The inland waters of Western Australia are home to many species of native fish and crustaceans but are gradually being invaded by introduced species that don't occur naturally in our rivers and lakes. Learn more about aquatic invaders from this poster.

Resource type: PosterLast updated: 11.06.2019

Fun Fact Sheet: Asian Paddle Crab

The Asian paddle crab, also know as the Lady Crab, is an introduced crab that usually lives in the waters off South East Asia.

Resource type: Fun Fact SheetLast updated: 07.06.2019

Fun Fact Sheet: Australian Sea Lion

The Australian sea lion is only found in Western Australia and South Australia and in the rarest sea lion species in the world.

Resource type: Fun Fact SheetLast updated: 07.06.2019

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