Students measure the amount of cockles at Nannarup beach
For the past 15 years, students from years 8, 9 and 10 have been working with Edith Cowan University and the Department of Fisheries on their marine program.
Teacher Tracy Brothers said the students chose a project to study throughout the year and present the results to scientists and community members in Perth and Albany.
“Our students conduct real-life science experiments that provide meaningful data to help understand and protect our local marine ecosystem,” she said.
“They develop and refine their skills in data collection, data analysis, writing scientific reports and presentations.”
The studies provide baseline data to the Department of Fisheries and Department of Water to evaluate the health status of fish and invertebrate stocks in the Princess Royal and Oyster Harbours.
“Students develop an understanding of the importance of the interrelationships between species in the marine ecosystem, and enhance public awareness of the ecosystems in the harbours,” Ms Brothers said.
“We hope that by raising awareness of the importance of our local marine ecosystem we can help to protect its biodiversity.”