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What is sea foam and why does it happen?

Coastal & Marine

If you look at ocean water in a clear glass, you’ll see that it’s not clear but full of tiny particles. Seawater contains dissolved salts, proteins, fats, dead algae, detergents and other pollutants. If you shake this glass of ocean water vigorously, small bubbles will form...

Posted: 05/05/17
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Mesmorizing tidal bores

Coastal & Marine

These are some insane tidal bore waves in the Kimberley Region of Western Australia. This video was posted to the Facebook page, Fishing Australia TV. “35 kilometer-per-hour tides, 40-foot standing waves,800-meter whirlpools that are 100 feet deep,” states Fishing Australia on its page. A tidal bore...

Posted: 05/04/17
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Number of plastic bags produced – worldwide, this year

Blog

We use 5 trillion plastic bags per year! That’s 160,000 a second! And over 700 a year for every single person on the planet. We can do better than that. This self inflicted disease riddling planet Earth lies in the household of nearly all Australians .Globally...

Posted: 05/04/17
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Why are Seagrass meadows underwater heroes?

Coastal & MarineMarine Science

Seagrass meadows are the most widespread coastal ocean ecosystems in the world. Research now finds that these plants can reduce disease-causing bacteria such as Enterococcus in the surrounding seawater by up to 50%. What’s more, coral reefs also show a 50% reduction in disease when seagrasses...

Posted: 05/04/17
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Recreational Fishermen please spare the lawn mowers of the reef!

Coastal & MarineSustainable fishing

There’s nothing better than getting together with your mates or rocking a solo fishing expedition however, this week the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is asking recreational fishermen to spare the friendly herbivores of the seas. What do you mean by herbivores of the sea...

Posted: 05/04/17
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How can algae power my car?

Aquaculture NewsCoastal & Marine

Have you ever been swimming in a river or the ocean and felt something slimy brush up against you? Whilst terrifying and potentially making you exit the water, Algae could in the future be responsible for powering your car, home and contribute to reducing emissions into...

Posted: 05/04/17
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Crusading against White Spot

Fishing Industry News

This week our program manager Woody eagerly visited over 90 commercial fishermen up and down the NSW coast educating them on how they can help stop the spread of White Spot (a condition that to causes sudden death in crustaceans). With White Spot now detected in...

Posted: 04/27/17
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#Sustainablefish of the week

Sustainable fishing

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...

Posted: 04/11/17
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Sydney’s ocean loving Chinese take on marine conservation role

Coastal & MarineNRM programs

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...

Posted: 04/06/17
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Important information for recreational fishers- The use of prawns as bait

Sustainable fishing

Posted: 04/05/17
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