Threatened Aquatic Species

Between 2001 and 2017, the list of threatened aquatic species (including wetland dependent birds) in the South West NRM region has increased from five to 23. This represents a 360% increase in aquatic species listed as threatened between 2001 and 2017. These are species deemed either rare or at risk of extinction, or otherwise in need of special protection, and have been gazetted as such.

Calls for action:

  • Report sightings of threatened fauna to [email protected] .
  • Conduct surveys for aquatic fauna species prior to land development or on ground land management actions.
  • Restoration of degraded wetlands and waterways will provide habitat for fauna and possibly improve the conservation status of threatened species and prevent more species from declining and needing to be added to the list of threatened fauna.

Case Studies

Data Source

  • DBCA records on threatened fauna occurrence are maintained by the Species and Communities Branch and are made publicly available through NatureMap 
  • Wildlife Conservation (Specially Protected Fauna) Notices are published in the Western Australian Government Gazette. This is the formal publication of the threatened fauna list; those species which have been declared to be fauna that is rare or likely to become extinct under the Wildlife Conservation Act 1950
  • DBCA Species and Communities Branch maintain the threatened fauna list and keeps copies of the published Fauna Notices.