Strelley Community School

High School – Fish sampling in the Coongan River

The students from the Warralong Campus have been using the local environment as their classroom.

During term 1, the high school class embarked on a science project to determine what fish species are found in the nearby Coongan River. Under the guidance from their teacher Cameron Hugh, students learnt how to set up and use specialised sampling nets called Fyke nets. Students sampled the local swimming hole “Red Bank” and many were surprised at the large quantities of different fish species they found. Students used their maths skills to record, tally and process the results as well as using their researching skills to identify the fish.

The high school found the following fish species:

  • spangled perch;
  • western rainbow fish;
  • bony bream;
  • golden gudgeon; and
  • a recently discovered catfish.

As part of the project students set up a class aquarium to keep some of the native fish we caught. The students take great pride in maintaining the aquarium and spend much time observing the fish.  Strelley Community School would like to thank Aquotix Aquariums in Canning Vale for helping the school with the aquariums.

Practising setting up the fyke nets

Practising setting up the fyke nets

The high school students setting up the fykes in the Coongan River.

The high school students setting up the fyke nets in the Coongan River.

Students check the nets the next day.

Students check the nets the next day.

Some Western Rainbow fish in the class aquarium.

Some Western Rainbow fish in the class aquarium.

6 Comments
  1. I liked going to Red Bank because I love being outside in the bush learning about the environment. My favourite fish is the Spangled Perch. We also got to go swimming. I like the aquarium because it is big and it’s fun watching the fish eating termites.

  2. Going to Red Bank was deadly. We used the fykes to catch heaps of fish. We caught Doodah (turtles) and had a look at them and chucked them back in the water. The best part was catching all the fish.

  3. I like the fish sampling because it was really fun to go outside to the bush and learnt heaps of different types of fish species in the coongan. We set a Fyke net down at the river. The next day We got heaps of fish and counted the fish species. WE catch spangled perch/cat fish/ westen rainbow fish/ bony bream/ It was good to find out what fish live in the river next to Warralong.

  4. I like the fish sampling because we like going outside and learning about all the fish at red banki it was fun to find out what fish live in the river next to Warralong. The river called coogan and we learnt about the fish species.we put some of the fish in the aquarium and we feed them every day.

  5. I like fish sampling because it was fun. Using the fyk nets at redbank and all the high school kids put the fyk nets foe a night and we went to mulylie for a little swim then we went back home. The next morning we went back to Redbank. And the kids went to they nets. We got the fish out of the nets then we took some back to the class and putted in the aquarium . Didn’t feed them for a day then the next day the teacher gave the fish some food and we feed the fish every day but not big as mob food and that’s the end of my story

  6. My favourite fish in the aquarium is the spangled perch. I like to feed them termites and other bugs.

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