Marine Science

East Coast Whale Entanglement Mitigation Program

As Humpback whale populations in the southern hemisphere recover from past commercial whaling, the potential for interactions between whales and commercial fishing operations is increasing, with most entanglements occurring since 2006. The majority of entanglement incidents involve Humpback whales, a species listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth EPBC Act and NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. …

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Everybody is responsible for healthy oceans #OceanPledge

With our natural resources facing increasing pressure the task of keeping our oceans, waterways and habitats healthy is an ongoing issue. Whilst some environmental drives seek to highlight an important issue they can in the process distance or vilify other key stakeholders that have an important role to play in the responsible use of the …

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Seismic survey death waves killing the building blocks of life

Deafening sound waves created during offshore surveys for oil and gas can kill microscopic plankton, according to a new study. The research showed significant impacts on the target species – with a two to three-fold increase in mortality of adult and larval zooplankton. How do seismic blasts work? Seismic surveys blast compressed air emitting pulses …

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Why are Seagrass meadows underwater heroes?

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 live nearby. Sea Grass meadows are the nurseries of …

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5 Australian marine science trail blazers, who are women

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 …

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