department of fisheries

Rare south-west fish suffers further decline

March 31st, 2015


Researchers have discovered that the range of one of Western Australia’s rarest freshwater fishes, Balston’s Pygmy Perch, could have declined by as much as 25 per cent.

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Not all ‘doom and gloom’ for the Swan Canning Estuary

March 11th, 2015

Researchers haul nets from the Swan River. Pic: Swan River Trust

Murdoch University researchers monitoring the condition of the Swan Canning Estuary say last year’s fish results have disproved claims the Swan-Canning Estuary is ‘dead’.

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Accidental dolphin capture a difficult issue to solve

April 3rd, 2014

New research from Murdoch University scientists has revealed that around 500 dolphins have been caught in the Pilbara trawl fishery in the past decade.

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Conserving WA's freshwater fish

November 15th, 2013

The nation’s leading marine scientists gathered last week to discuss threats to Western Australia’s unique freshwater fish species.

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Saving the Peel-Harvey estuary

August 19th, 2013

Murdoch University and collaborators have developed future models for managing the Peel-Harvey estuary to help prevent further decline in its ecosystem health.

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Dolphins filmed fishing in trawler nets

November 2nd, 2012

Murdoch University researchers have caught bottlenose dolphins on camera repeatedly raiding trawler fishing nets for food in northern Western Australia.

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$850k to conserve rare freshwater fish

October 18th, 2012

Murdoch University researchers have helped to secure an $850,000 grant to conserve three species of endangered fresh water fish native to the South-West of Western Australia.

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Model career capped off with honorary degree

September 21st, 2012

Professor Norm Hall has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science for his significant contribution to the statistical modelling of fish stocks.

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World records fall as giant alien fish threaten WA waterways

June 27th, 2012

The world’s largest Pearl Cichlidwas recently captured in a Beechboro lake. It joins records of a range of giant feral fish caught in WA fresh waters over the past 12 months.

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Murdoch researchers to tackle invasive fish species

February 8th, 2012

Murdoch University researchers have won a $215,000 grant from the federal government to investigate invasive species and the damage they are doing in a south west waterway.

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