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BREEDING AND RELEASING OF NATIVE FISH

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IN BUNBURY CITY WATERWAYS

During 2006 and 2007, science students at Newton Moore have been part of an ongoing environmental project which started out with rehabilitating the school wetlands in 1997.

The direction and basis of our work is outlined in a Management plan we formulate every year, and each year we devise a new Management Plan based on the previous years findings as well as this year a Habitat Management Plan

The program innovatively addresses environmental issues of

  • urban stresses on our natural environment
  • the rehabilitation of natural ecosystems and
  • measures to protect our native freshwater fishes

What is our breeding programme all about?
Our focus has been to take on the challenge to breed native fish species and to reintroduce them back into their natural habitats, now threatened by pressures of urban sprawl. The selected species of fish are the Western Pygmy Perch and the Western Minnow, both endemic to this region. The plan has included the development of a breeding program for these native fish.

Our breeding programm,e started out 7 years ago when we recievied our stock of Western Pygmy Perch and Western Minnow from Murdoch University to start our breeding program. As numbers increase in breeding ponds, the fish are released into suitable tested sites around Bunbury. Both species of fish are a natural predator of mosquitoes and midges. As these native fish numbers are on the decline or no longer present in the city ponds, this program will help to prevent the loss of valuable biodiversity in our waterways.

What is the time frame of this project?
This breeding project has been an ongoing venture since the year 2000 and will continue Indefinitely into the future.

Who is involved?
There have been many adults and students involved in these breeding programs for a number of years. We personaly have been involved in the breeding programs and the wetlands in general since we were in Year 9 (2004).

For more information on the Western Pygmy Perch and the experiments carried out by N.M.S.H.S students visit our website, Euereka!, its a Pygmy perch.

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