The Western Pygmy Perch could once be found in abundance all over the south west region of Australia , but in recent years its numbers have dramatically fallen. This drop has occurred as a result of us humans not realising the impact that our developing of their natural habitat has on them, until recently. Contributing factors are believed to be, but not limited to; the filling in of wetlands and streams, irrigation of farms, and damming rivers. It is only after the damage has been done that we notice the effects that it has on the land and its occupants. Programmes are now being set-up to try to preserve the natural habitat of these essential native fish; essential because they are part of the ecosystem. Though the Western Pygmy Perch is not listed on the Australian Society of Fish Biology’s list of threatened fishes, because it is found in many places, it is still very low in numbers, and being thus warrants the attention of Newton Moore. After extensive testing in the south west area, it was decided that a rehabilitation programme be set-up in the Bunbury area, cleaning up local wetlands and water bodies, making them suitable for the Western Pygmy Perch to live in once again. The main rehabilitation programme is being run in the school’s very own wetlands.
At the launch of our Habitat programme, students were invited to tell the public, the media and Bunbury City Council of how the programme works, and its progress.
Students and Mrs Ellis presented “The Breeding Program and Rehabilitation of the schools wetlands” at a workshop in the wetlands in 2006 during the National Environmental Conference, hosted in Bunbury.
Newton Moore places signs around waterways to signify our work there, showing the public with visual reference that this is a place of rehabilitation.
Newton Moore regularly places articles in the newspaper to keep the public aware of our efforts and progress.