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Black Bream Project, a National Science Week event

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Short film screening • Panel discussion • National Science Week fun • Eats & drinks

Did you know that Black Bream complete their whole life cycle in the estuary in which they are born? Their home is their home forever, therefore it is so important that we make sure they have a sustainable habitat in the Peel Harvey Estuary.

This National Science Week we're taking a look at local innovation, the Black Bream Project. We're going under the hood on how the project is enhancing the stocks of black bream in our local waterways. The project aims to protect the fish from threats in their early life stages through an aquaculture program being undertaken by Peel Harvey Catchment Council, Murdoch University and John Tonkin College.

John Tonkin College has transformed a classroom into an aquaculture laboratory where they are growing algae and rotifers for food. Murdoch University scientists are busy preparing to release about 5,000 juvenile black bream into the Murray River. The Peel Harvey Catchment Council is monitoring the survival rate of the aquaculture bream.

It is a team effort to help out our black bream buddies....and we've filmed the journey. The event will be the premiere screening of Peel Bright Minds' mini-documentary on the project. The screening will also be followed by a panel discussion and delicious refreshments.

The panellists will provide further insight into the Black Bream Project and answer your questions about how to get involved in citizen science and the career pathways into STEM-related industries such as aquaculture and natural resource management.

If science, fish and the health of our estuary is your thing, please join us for this special National Science Week event. Tickets are free, its all-ages, and we'd love to see you there.

Thank you to our sponsors and supporters:

Inspiring Australia
National Science Week
Regional Development Australia Peel
Peel Harvey Catchment Council through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program
Murdoch University
John Tonkin College
Andrew McKenzie - videographer


Peel Bright Minds is a local program on a mission to inspiri a curious community. We believe a culture of lifelong learning in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) will allow us to prepare for the future of work and tackle complex environmental, social and economic challenges in the Peel.

Peel Bright Minds hosts a range of all-ages events and activities related to STEM. Come learn with us and #staycurious.

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