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The Rottnest Island Fish Book


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The Rottnest Island Fish Book

Many visitors to Rottnest Island are fascinated by the amazing marine environment. The beaches, the swimming, the reefs and fish life are an integral part of the Rottnest Experience. Even the Aboriginal name ‘Wadjemup’ refers to Rottnest as being the ‘Place across the water’.

By: Dr Glen Whisson & Alexandra Hoschke

The Rottnest Island Fish Book, originally published in August 2017, is the result of many years hard work by authors Dr Glen Whisson and Alexandra Hoschke. The first printing sold out in just 18 months, which is not surprising given the wonderful presentation and incredible photographs of the hundreds of fish species found around Rottnest Island. In 2019 the authors produced an updated version that includes several additional species and updated photographs. Containing over 420 colour images, The Rottnest Island Fish Book is the most comprehensive fish guide ever produced for Rottnest Island – one of Western Australia’s most popular destinations.

This publication is an essential resource for visitors who wish to engage with the stunning marine environment through snorkelling, fishing or diving. It contains fishing advice and cooking tips for over 20 commonly caught species, snorkelling maps of several beautiful bays, feature articles about Rottnest’s unique marine life, and an identification section describing the key features of all the fish species likely to be encountered around Rottnest Island.

Feature articles include interesting insights into Grey Nurse Sharks; ocean temperatures; marine habitats like coral, seagrass, etc; herring life cycle; tropical fish species; and even the fascinating subject of sex change in fish!

The beautifully-presented book is 176 pages long and contains colour photographs of over 250 fish species seen around Rottnest Island. It would be an ideal publication for the general public interested in beginner/intermediate level fishing/snorkeling/diving; advanced marine enthusiasts wanting a comprehensive photographic identification guide; or anyone generally interested in the WA marine environment. Many featured species are also found on the Perth Coast, so local divers and fishers will also find this book an ideal addition to their library.


Dr Glen Whisson and Alex Hoschke have spent many years conducting marine research at Rottnest following extensive academic careers at Curtin University in the aquatic sciences. Their other research includes internationally published studies on Grey Nurse Sharks, ocean temperatures at Rottnest and Exmouth, and marine biodiversity monitoring programmes around WA.