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Every week we bring to you a #Sustainablefish of the week today we feature Scomberomorus commerson, or better known by its common name of Spanish Mackerel. It is listed as Fully Fished by the Department of Primary Industries which means the current catches and fishing pressure are sustainable. Spanish Mackerel live up to 15 years … Continue reading "#Sustainablefish of the week"
Marine conservation is a complex topic which can be made more complicated by language barriers. That’s why Sydney’s Chinese community have been rolling up their sleeves for the past year to encourage better stewardship and conservation of the local marine environment, under the Aquatic Champion program rolled out by Greater Sydney Local Land Services. Through … Continue reading "Sydney’s ocean loving Chinese take on marine conservation role"
The current weather situation across Northern NSW and Tropical Queensland right now is by no means ideal.The aftermath of Cyclone Debbie and the torrential rain that ensued its path has been a test of locals and our Government Services Whilst flood events are devastating to humans they are a natural occurrence that can provide negative … Continue reading "What are the negative and positive impacts of flooding on the environment?"
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is implementing an expanded movement control zone to contain the spread of White Spot Disease that wiped out several prawn farms in South East Queensland. Recreational fishers are in a strong position to help stop the spread of this deadly disease through practice change below is a short … Continue reading "How can recreational fishers help stop the spread of White Spot Disease?"
In honour of celebrating #Sustainableseafoodday we have listed five ways Australian fishermen are keeping our seafood at world class sustainability levels. 1. Turtle excluder devices In response to injury and death of Turtles in trawl nets The Australian Seafood Industry has implemented Turtle excluder devices (TEDS) for the last 20 years. They are designed to … Continue reading "5 ways industry is keeping seafood sustainable in Australia for #Sustainableseafoodday"
Scientists filled the seats of the Australian Saltmarsh and Mangrove network conference last week in Hobart to discuss the challenges and solutions for protecting our amazing coastal frontiers. There was a major theme for the (AMSN) conference aimed at promoting the story of the ‚Äúriches behind our beaches‚ÄĚ and advancing our knowledge and management of … Continue reading "Why do we love beaches and not care for wetlands?"
OceanWatch Australia has been protecting biodiversity and threatened species for the benefit of the Australian marine environment since 1989. We work to encourage the adoption of best practices for fishing and aquaculture, the encouragement of stewardship actions amongst coastal and marine users, and undertaking works to protect, rehabilitate, restore and enhance the marine environment as … Continue reading "This is your chance to decide on the future of Australia’s marine environment"
It is no secret the Great Barrier Reef has suffered greatly through the harsh Australia summer this year with the most significant bleaching event on record taking place right on our doorstep, but could Cyclone Debbie change that in the coming days? Fingers crossed! A cyclone is a warm-core, low-pressure system that develops over tropical … Continue reading "Could Cyclone Debbie stop the Great Barrier Reef bleaching?"
Is the current climate of constant rain in NSW getting to you? Is that side ways rain getting under your umbrella? Well, spare a thought for the fish that perish because of large downpours. This morning oyster farmers on the Macleay River and community members at Hastings Point have been reporting fish kills occuring. … Continue reading "Think you’re sick of the rain? Think of the fish"
Are you passionate about sustainability and the environment? Do you watch documentaries and public speakers inspiring others to be good earth citizens and think you could do that too? Well here is your chance. Landcare Illawarra & Intrepid Landcare are looking for young people aged 18-35 to join the Young Sustainability Ambassador program who are: … Continue reading "Are you passionate about the environment?"
Every week we bring to you a #Sustainablefish of the week today we feature Zeus faber, or better known by its common name of John Dory. It is listed as Fully Fished by the Department of Primary Industries which means the current catches and fishing pressure are close to optimal. John dory have highly compressed … Continue reading "#Sustainablefish of the week"
Happy St Patrick’s Day! In celebration we are featuring all things green the ocean has to offer. Costasiella Kuroshimae (above) The Sea sheep (Costasiella kuroshimae) is a sea slug that which can grow up to 5mm in length. What‚Äôs fascinating about the tiny ‚Äėleaf sheep, is that they are one of the only animals in … Continue reading "Amazing green marine species for your St Patrick’s day"
It is easy to get caught up in the headlines of negative environmental press and feel like locking oneself in a dark room. Rarely do we hear about the small wins of locals that stand to make a positive and significant long term contribution to the environment and it’s animals. This week we caught up … Continue reading "How Aussie fishermen are protecting sea birds"
Ocean plastics are the grown up version of microplastics small plastic particles in the environment that are generally smaller than 1 mm (0.039 in) down to the micrometre range. This plague of epic proportions is not a giant pile of garbage that you might see at the tip it is an invisible cancer of the … Continue reading "6 awesome programs tackling ocean plastics"
As the sun rises over the early morning silence of the Hawkesbury River and the clouds reflect off the perfectly still water, you might mistake this place as some sort of heaven. For young Paul Aquilina and his best mate Skipper it might as well be. When the thoughts of a fisherman comes to mind … Continue reading "The young future of sustainable fishing"
Today we have compiled a list of 5 amazing Australian based marine scientists who are female for #internationalwomensday. These women are dedicating their lives to better understanding our marine eco-systems and making the world a better place in the process, we salute you! 1. Professor Emma Johnston Professor Emma Johnston focuses on doing field work … Continue reading "5 Australian marine science trail blazers, who are women"
On the banks of Kissing Point Park in Sydney school children and community members took to the habour side to keep Australia’s environment beautiful. The clean up area is a natural hot spot with mangroves and endangered salt marsh homing many species of birds and marine creatures. Unfortunately the location is also littered with rubbish … Continue reading "Clean Up Australia Day Success!"
With increasing demand for high quality seafood, aquaculture is a growing industry in NSW. Aquaculture has been undertaken in a number of countries around the world and has grown rapidly worldwide in the last 50 years. FAO reports that world aquaculture production increased substantially since 1950 from one million tonnes production to 67 million tonnes … Continue reading "Why does aquaculture matter in NSW?"
Professional fishermen from Sydney and local community members will take to the waters and land on March 3rd to collect rubbish for Clean Up Australia Day in an effort to keep Sydney Harbour healthy. Representatives from OceanWatch Australia, Sydney Fish Market and the seafood industry will accompany a group of local school aged children from … Continue reading "Youth Clean Up Australia day with us!"
On April 14th 2017 it‚Äôs your chance to get involved with your local fishermen and eat some fantastic local seafood supplied directly from the NSW coast at our free Loaves and Fishes barbecue. We are encouraging South West Rocks residents and visitors to attend our annual Loaves and Fishes Barbeque on Good Friday and learn … Continue reading "Love fish? Celebrate with us!"
On Monday 21st November Blackstar pastry and OceanWatch Australia will hold a pop- up stall at Sydney Fish Market to raise funds to keep Australia‚Äôs seafood sustainable. The pop-up stall for #worldfisheriesday will provide cake but not just any cake, flavours of violet ocean water and coconut clam shell macaroons come to mind with this … Continue reading "Whats better than cake? A marine themed cake served by mermaids!"
During August and September 2015, two OceanWatch Australia staff delivered 4 presentations to a total of 160 students ¬†from The University of Western Sydney¬†at the Sydney Fish Market in Pyrmont. This year in September the talks have continued with two of our program managers Simon and Michael providing¬†a balanced view of the sustainability of the … Continue reading "Students think critically about the Australian Seafood Industry"
Here you can find listed marine based news from all around Australia relevent to the fishing industry and marine conservation. The marine news section is a part of of monthly newsletter mail out you can subscribe to our newsletter here. Fullerton Cove re-opens for fishing New Pacific Oyster hatcheries solving spat crisis Super science ship … Continue reading "Marine News"
Coastal habitat restoration is a complicated process. That‚Äôs ok. Because , in the midst of all the coastal and marine habitat issues facing Australia, we bought together 16 of the best environmental scientists from around the country to develop a review paper on solutions to restore and rehabilitate fish habitat and water quality. The paper … Continue reading "16 scientific minds converge"