Protecting threatened fishes in the South West Linkages Target Area

March 28, 2014

The project will directly assess and address current and future threats faced by south-western Australian endemic freshwater fishes such as climate change and feral fish within the target area.  The project will use the Balston’s Pygmy Perch (BPP) fish species as a flagship species for conservation (listed as Vulnerable EPBC Act) and elevate its status to enhance public awareness of aquatic ecosystem issues. 



·        To provide an updated distribution of BPP in the target area and determine the degree of population decline in wetlands and river sites from previously known existence (past 20 years) within the project area.

To identify dry-season refuge pools and all potential instream barriers to seasonal breeding migrations across key catchments to guide future management of current and future threats to BPP and other species.  

·         To prioritise barrier mitigation and the protection of key refuge habitats of the BPP (and other freshwater fish species) with the SWCC region.

·         To enhance aquatic ecosystem health and reduce threats to BPP and other native aquatic fauna by undertaking targeted feral fish control at four strategic sites.  

·         Use Balston’s Pygmy Perch as a flagship species to promote the conservation of freshwater ecosystems across the SW region.


Tracking the movements of Black Bream and Sea Mullet

March 11, 2014

This collaborative project (with the Murdoch Estuarine Research Group, the Department of Fisheries, GeoCatch, Department  of Water, City of Busselton) aims to determine the movement patterns and spatial and temporal distribution of the Black Bream and Sea Mullet within the Vasse Wonnerup system which has been the subject of regular fish kill events.  Using an acoustic tracking approach that the FFGFHU has recently used to successfully track the movement patterns of large feral goldfish in the...

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New study examining south-west Australia's aestivating fishes

March 11, 2014

The FFG is undertaking a new study that is examining the conservation status of the unique aestivating freshwater fishes of south-western Australia; the Gondwana relic known as the Salamanderfish (Lepidogalaxiidae salamandroides; the sole member of the Lepidogalaxiidae) and the Black-Stripe Minnow (Galaxiella nigrostriata; one of only three members of Galaxiella). These represent Western Australia's only two aestivating (survive in seasonally inundated systems by burrowing into mud) freshwate...

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Australia's newest freshwater fish!

April 15, 2013
The Little Pygmy Perch (Nannoperca pygmaea sp. nov.) was officially named in Zootaxa on April 12th 2013.

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Barry Jonassen Award

August 2, 2012
Congratulations to Jon Murphy for winning this years Barry Jonassen Award at the Australian Society for Fish Biology Annual Conference in Adelaide for his project

The molecular phylogeography of freshwater fishes in south-western Australia

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New! Final NRM Report on aquatic fauna in the Serpentine River

January 23, 2012