Stuff for Kids and Schools

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FisheriesResearchAU’s Channel – YouTube
The FRDC’s very own You Tube channel featuring episodes of Escape with ET.

Australian Fisheries Management Authority

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) produces a series of educational materials on the Commonwealth fishing environment. These include fishery fact sheets,  diagrams and summaries on different types of fishing methods, maps, images and more.

Ollie’s World

‘Ollie’s World’ is the umbrella site for the suite of “Ollie” web sites, produced to support the “Ollie” Programs in various countries. ‘Ollie’s World’ contains two sections – one for adults and one for kids.


Dive into the pool of curriculum-linked edu­ca­tion resources of Marine WATERs (West­ern Aus tralian Teacher Edu­ca­tion Resources), an ini­tia­tive of the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Wood­side Energy. Marine WATERs is an inter­ac­tive and fully inte­grated resource that con­nects edu­ca­tors and stu­dents with resources and tools devel­oped specif­i­cally to study West­ern Australia’s unique marine ecosys­tems and address chal­lenges fac­ing the sus­tain­abil­ity of our aquatic resources. This ever-expanding suite of curriculum-based edu­ca­tion resources includes les­son plans, inter­ac­tive activ­i­ties, exten­sion activ­i­ties, stu­dent work­sheets, fact sheets, and infor­ma­tion on cur­rent and emerg­ing issues.

Perth Beachcombers Education Unit

The Perth Beachcombers Education Kit is designed to help you discover and understand our coastal and marine environments for yourself. The kit contains activities, worksheets and other related resources useful for parents, children, community groups, educators and anyone interested in beachcombing. As you explore the various aspects of the coast, you will discover a diversity of habitats and marine conservation areas, which play an important part in conserving marine ecology and protecting biodiversity.

Geosciene Australia

Geoscience Australia is an agency of the Australian Government. It carries out geoscientific research to encourage increased investment in Australia’s minerals and petroleum industries; and to improve the management of natural hazards such as landslides and earthquakes. It also produces topographic maps and satellite imagery. Formerly the Australian Geological Survey Organisation (AGSO). 

The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is a database that hopes to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms. The content of the registry is edited and maintained by scientific specialists on each group of organism. These taxonomists control the quality of the information, which is gathered from several regional and taxon-specific databases. WoRMS maintains valid names of all marine organisms, but also provides information on synonyms and invalid names.

Barcode of Life

On September 14, 2007, a team of scientists (50 countries) initiated a global database project for Earth’s 1.8 million known species (from tiny genetic material). David Schindel, a Smithsonian Institution paleontologist, executive secretary of the Consortium for the Barcode of Life stated that it will create a global reference library: “a kind of telephone directory for all species.” 30,000 species had been put in the database to reach 500,000, 5 years. The consortium is sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of Natural History. The 2003 research paper of geneticist Paul Hebert of University of Guelph, Ontario proposed a database of DNA barcodes identifying all species.

Seafood Industry Partnerships in Schools

The Seafood Industry Partnerships in Schools (SIPS) is an educational program with a difference. SIPS offers Australian school students of all ages an ‘up close and personal’ look at life in the seafood industry, while giving those who work in the industry the opportunity to share their knowledge and passion with the next generation. SIPS was launched in 2012 and has now concluded. SIPS is funded by the Fisheries Research Development Corporation on behalf of the Australian Government.