Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    Students take up fight to keep waterways clean

    9/09/2015 10:55 AM
     
    • Willetton Senior High School wins best video from more than 70 entries

    Fisheries Minister Ken Baston today congratulated school students for helping to protect Western Australia's waterways by raising awareness of the risks of dumping non-native fish species.

     

    Mr Baston said students from Willetton Senior High School won the Don't Dump That Fish video competition, run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with the Department of Fisheries.

     

    More than 70 entries from 20 schools were received for the competition, which urged students to come up with a clever way to highlight the need to keep pest fish out of waterways and rivers.

     

    Mr Baston presented Willetton Senior High School students with a certificate as they took part in their award-winning cruise on the Swan and Canning rivers.

     

    "Willetton's winning video explains why it is vitally important not to release aquarium fish in WA's rivers and lakes or drains that lead into waterways," he said.

     

    "Not only can some of those fish out-compete native species by consuming their food and taking up their habitat, they can also spread disease.

     

    "It's not just aquarium fish that are a concern, but plants from aquariums, which can choke waterways.  Aquarium snails can also cause damage, or even tank water can spread disease.

     

    "I want to congratulate all the schools which took part for their enthusiasm in wanting to protect our rivers and in raising awareness about the potential impacts of dumping non-native species in our waterways."

     

    Environment Minister Albert Jacob said Willetton's winning video successfully highlighted some of the environmental problems caused by releasing aquarium fish into WA's waterways.

     

    "Ornamental fish that are released into our waterways are a big threat to the environment," Mr Jacob said.

     

    "The video competition has been a great way to engage young people to help protect our native fish populations from the introduction and spread of exotic fish species."

     

    Fact File

    • The video competition was an extension of the Department of Fisheries' Don't Dump That Fish campaign
    • Call FISHWATCH on 1800 815 507 to report suspected aquatic pests
    • For more information, visit http://www.fish.wa.gov.au

    Fisheries Minister's office - 6552 5400

    Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800