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Fancy meeting some sea creatures? Australia’s best rockpools

Need a refreshing location to beat the heat and discover something new? Tidal pools are a mecca for marine life providing a home for many hardy organisms such as starfish, crabs and anemone. Inhabitants living in these marine habitats deal with a harsh environment. Frequent water temperature changes, waves, exposure to midday sun and predators …

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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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Is wave energy conversion the future of Australia’s coastal towns?

With 85% of Australia’s population living on coastal strips around the country, our energy needs are putting more and more pressure on coastal habitat areas. Coastal population growth exerts pressure on coastal land increasing need for agriculture and housing at the expense of natural habitats & species. So is wave energy conversion a piece of …

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New reef trials installed in estuaries around NSW

Fish hotels in the form of Oyster shell in Coir fibre bags have been installed in key estuary locations around NSW. These structures will be key to providing erosion control and fish habitat restoration in intertidal locations. Several sites in NSW have been selected where there is active erosion occurring and the presence of marine …

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The United Nations held an Ocean Conference and here is what happened

In June, the United Nations hosted its first large conference on saving and protecting the worlds oceans. The Ocean Conference, began Monday, June 5 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York coinciding with World Oceans Day on June 8. This high level, “game-changing” Conference focused on the support and implementation of Sustainable Development Goal …

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Commercial fishers LED lights saving fish – A breakthrough in conservation

Sometimes the most difficult conundrums can have simplistic solutions. Fishermen in the Pacific Northwest are proving they can be harvesters and conservationists, over the years shrimp nets accidentally captured large amounts of threatened little fish, called Eulachon. The solution? Exit lights on nets: Bright LEDs are zip tied to nets and are guiding the little …

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