Freshwater Guardian - Freshwater fishing news from the Department of Fisheries, Western Australia
Issue No.7, April 2016

How anglers' dreams come true

Trout Hatchery Pemberton 1943

Rainbow and brown trout are commonly sighted in the fresh waters of Australia’s South West and are highly sought after by skilled anglers - but this wasn’t always the case. 

The full story of how trout arrived in Australia and the efforts of the local community, such as these visitors to the trout ponds at One Mile Brook in 1943, to develop trout aquaculture is not yet widely known. More.

Marron rescued as river dries

Marron await relocation

A rescue operation was launched to save marron from parts of the rapidly drying Collie River in Western Australia’s South West region.

It  was important to relocate marron and native fish so they had a chance to breed for future seasons.

This image shows one of the surviving marron collected by volunteers for relocation. More

Who you gonna call?

Mass deaths of fish and other aquatic animals have happened naturally for thousands of years in both marine and freshwater ecosystems, but the risk of fish kills occurring is rising with the increased human impact on the environment.

Australian freshwater and estuarine environments are particularly susceptible to fish kills due to the long hot and dry summers. More.

Don’t let your fish be noxious!

Boulengerella by Klaus Rudloff

Fish species that pose a significant risk to our aquatic habitats and native species can be banned in Western Australia.

As part of a national strategy to prevent non-native, ornamental fish entering Australia’s waters, more species of fish, like this Boulengerella cuvieri, are about to be added to the noxious fish list. More.

Image credits: Marron photo by Blayde Grzelka at Collie Mail, Boulengerella photo by Klaus Rudloff at