Clownfish are a popular aquarium species, particularly for young families. While aquariums provide a convenient way for parents and teachers to show children the wonders of the ocean in an educational environment, around 95% of fish are taken from the reef and wild populations of clownfish are under serious threat from overcollection. Our research indicates that only a third of the public are aware aquarium species are harvested from the wild. Our programs provide a great educational opportunity to engage in marine biology whilst highlighting the conservation issues and empowering families to help protect the Great Barrier Reef through making better informed consumer choices.
Launched during National Science Week 2015 this was an interactive educational experience for primary school children and their families where participants learnt about the real nemo and his friends on the Great Barrier Reef. During 2016 we took this event all over the country on an educational roadshow, showing an interactive immersion screening of Finding Nemo, which participants watched and responded to cues via actions, songs and props.
Designed to educate the community and engage tourists and the general public in a citizen science research project focused on understanding clownfish behavior and ecology. To coincide with the launch of the Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, in 2016, we released our Find Nemo app, which allows users to log the location and species of clownfish and their anemone hosts, thus adding to the data set of a large international scientific study.
We offer tours of our clownfish breeding facilities at Flinders University, South Australia, for primary and secondary school students. This is a great opportunity to learn about sustainability, reproductive biology, symbiotic relationships, aquaculture and conservation ecology. Please contact us to find out more.