How can I get involved?

Prawn Watch is open to the public. To begin logging your catches of Western School Prawns, all you need to do is download the Prawn Watch smartphone app (Android, iPhone) or download and print your own Prawn Watch log book.

Prawn Watch has already engaged 180 volunteers in this citizen science project, who independently log their catch into a database via an online monitoring form or mobile phone App. Volunteers are engaged in training, and surveys show that participants improved their understanding of issues facing the river and the fishery regulations.

The data collected through Prawn Watch is contributing to our understanding of our river prawns and builds on university monitoring to track outcomes of the Western School Prawn restocking program.

Since 2012, volunteers have contributed some 800 hours to the collection of broodstock for culture purposes, helping to facilitate the restocking of 4.5 million juvenile prawns back into the depleted recreational fishery.

We urge all our valued Prawn Watch volunteers to share information on your river prawn catches (hand trawl, dib net or diving with scoop nets) with us by using the Prawn Watch smartphone app, monitoring form or logbook.

Please report all captures of western school prawns and king prawns plus your bycatch. You can also share anecdotal information on your friend’s catches this season.  As you know the community’s input is vital to help monitor the recreational western school prawn fishery and to help us plan and re-establish the experience and pleasure of prawning.

Scientist and members of the community inspect river water quality

Tell us your story

Prawning in the Swan and Canning rivers once formed part of Perth’s fishing folklore but it has largely been lost. If restocking is successful we could eventually see the return of this popular pastime. Tells us your story, from the past and present, and send us your pictures.