What Fish and Critters are Living in Toby Inlet?

Published on 10 November 2017

The City of Busselton has partnered with the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research at Murdoch University, Toby Inlet Catchment Group, the South West Catchment Council and Geocatch to conduct important fish and aquatic invertebrate research in Toby Inlet.

The City was successful in securing $18,627 in Coastwest funding to undertake a survey of fish and aquatic invertebrates in Toby Inlet. Coastwest is a State Government initiative undertaken by the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.

There is a lack of data available on fish and invertebrates using the Toby Inlet, which needs to be considered as part of the process of determining best management recommendations for the water management plan currently being developed as part of the Revitalising Geographe Waterways programme, to improve water quality, water health and management of Geographe Waterways.

The fish and invertebrates survey will take place on 16th, 17th and 18th November 2017. Scientists will use netting to catch fish and sediment corers to study invertebrates.

Community members are invited to come along and assist scientists on this project on Saturday 18th November, meeting at McQuade Park, on Campion Way (Quindalup). People can come down anytime between 9am and 1pm and stay for as little or as long as they want. Waders will be provided for people wanting to participate on the day.

Children from the Dunsborough Primary School will also participate in the survey effort on Friday 17th November.

Mathilde Breton, Senior Sustainability/Environment Officer at the City of Busselton said:  “This is a great opportunity for people to witness how scientists go about their business and participate in an exciting citizen science project. You will also be able to learn first-hand about some of the ecological values of Toby Inlet”.

Outcomes and objectives outlined in this statement align with Key Goal Area 3 in the City of Busselton’s Strategic Community Plan (2017): An Environment that is valued, conserved and enjoyed.

Media enquiries can be directed to the City’s Public Relations Coordinator at

 meredith.dixon@busselton.wa.gov.au