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FISHES OF AUSTRALIA

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Australia has a relatively small number of species of native freshwater fish (194), but 71% of these species are endemic to Australia and New Guinea.

Due to threats facing Australia’s freshwater systems, 21% of native freshwater fish are considered either rare, vulnerable or endangered.

Australia’s coastal waters however are among the most species-rich on earth, with approximately 3400 species of fish alone, most of which are endemic (that is, found nowhere else).

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    I am a 23 year old surfer, scuba diver and ocean fanatic who has just completed a Bachelor in Natural Science with a Marine Conservation major in Sydney, Australia.
    For the duration of 2015 I conducted a study on Ocean Acidifications’ Impact on Hula Fish behaviour and anatomy for Dr.Pauline Ross from the Sydney Institute of Marine Science. I thoroughly enjoyed this year of research but believe I can make a bigger difference in promoting marine conservation.

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    Kind Regards,

    Tara

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