12076: Pilbara freshwater fish education project: A field guide and underwater documentary
Freshwater fishes of the Pilbara (including Australia's only blind cave fish) exist in some of the harshest environments in Australia, relying on refuge pools or groundwater maintained perennial streams to survive during the severe dry period.
Dewatering operations and groundwater abstractions associated with major resource developments occurring throughout the Pilbara have the potential to dramatically alter these habitats.
Other threats include the potential of the introduction of pest fishes (e.g. tilapia and guppies).
To help protect freshwater fishes of the Pilbara this project aims to:
- produce a field guide of the freshwater fishes of the Pilbara
- create an underwater documentary on the fishes of the region in partnership with ENVFusion Films
- conduct a community education campaign in collaboration with Rangelands NRM Coordinating Group, targeting stakeholders including traditional owners and school students.
|Investment:||$ 35 000|
|Delivery organisation:||Murdoch University|
|Project duration:||February 2013 - June 2014|
|Location:||Pilbara (or Indian Ocean) Drainage Division of Western Australia, which includes all inland waters between the DeGrey River in the north, to the Irwin River in the south.|