Scientists Trial Ocean Temperature Forecasts For Aussie Fish Farms
Canberra, Australia - Feb 16, 2011 18:48 EST
While land farmers have used seasonal forecasting for nearly a decade, marine farmers in south-east Australia have sought the technology for a region identified as a climate change hotspot, with rates of ocean warming up to four times the global...
Study: Predictor Says 1/3 Of Coral Reef Fish At Risk Extinction
Townsville, Queensland - Feb 15, 2011 21:56 EST
More than a third of coral reef fish species are in jeopardy of local extinction from the impacts of climate change on coral reefs, a new scientific study has found. (Local extinction refers to the loss of species from individual...
Research Explores Use Mining Of By-Products To Reduce Algal Blooms
Perth, Western Australia - Jan 30, 2011 17:14 EST
A joint project between CSIRO and the Western Australian Department of Water investigated a range of mining industry by-product materials, which are currently unused, to determine whether they could instead be used to filter nutrients from natural waters or to...
Scientists: CO2-Chomping Microbes Battling For Ocean Iron
Victoria, Australia - Jan 24, 2011 20:47 EST
Australian, Belgian and New Zealand scientists have expanded our understanding of the way phytoplankton take up scarce iron in the ocean – a process that regulates ocean food chains from the bottom up and helps remove up to 40 per...
Study: Sharks May Be Colorblind; 'Yum, Yum Yellow' A Myth?
Perth, Australia - Jan 18, 2011 17:50 EST
New research on how sharks see may help to prevent attacks on humans and assist in the design of fishing gear that may reduce shark bycatch in long-line fisheries.
The joint study between researchers at The University of Western Australia and...
Cone Of Poison: The Secret Behind The Cone Snail's Venom Pump
Victoria, Australia - Oct 27, 2010 22:15 EST
Scientists have discovered the secret of how an amazing sea snail injects its venom after shooting a harpoon-like tooth into its prey — or some unlucky swimmer — at jetliner speeds. The creatures, called cone snails, use a highly specialized...
'Turtle And Dugong Capital Of The World' At Risk Under Climate Change
Cairns, Australia - Oct 7, 2010 21:48 EST
The "turtle and dugong capital of the world", the northern Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and Torres Strait region, faces increased pressure under climate change from human actions such as fishing, hunting, onshore development and pollution.
"Depletion of turtle and dugong...
Researchers: Climate Change Hits SE Australia Fish Species; 'Nowhere To Escape'
Sydney, Australia - Aug 13, 2010 17:55 EST
CSIRO's Climate Adaptation and Wealth from Oceans Flagships have identified 43 species, representing about 30 per cent of the inshore fish families occurring in the region, that exhibited shifts thought to be climate-related.
Dr Peter LastThese include warm temperate surf-zone species...
Research Aims To Repel Sharks From Fishing Gear To Prevent Deaths
Perth, Australia - Jul 19, 2010 20:43 EST
A greater understanding of shark senses may prevent sharks being accidentally killed in commercial fishing operations, according to a researcher at The University of Western Australia.
WA Premier's Research Fellow Winthrop Professor Shaun Collin said large numbers of sharks are taken...
Prehistoric Creatures Provide Clue To Deep Sea Life On Aussie Reef; 'Living Fossils'
St. Lucia, Queensland - Jul 15, 2010 17:58 EST
Scientists from the Queensland Brain Institute have used high-tech equipment to capture underwater creatures at depths not documented from before.
Using deep-sea cameras and instrument platforms new to Australia, prehistoric six-gilled sharks, giant oil fish, swarms of crustaceans and many...
Researchers: Increased Human Population Is Leading To Sick Turtles
Queensland, Australia - Mar 22, 2010 21:49 EST
University of Queensland researchers have discovered that one of the effects of increased human population is stress being placed on the environment leading to sick turtles.
Staff from the Veterinary Marine Animal Research, Teaching and Investigation (Vet-MARTI) unit within the School...