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Whale Wars: Three Japanese Sailors Injured By Sea Shepherd 'Piracy'
Tokyo, Japan - Feb 11, 2010 19:14 EST

Japanese research whalers in the Antarctic have accused the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society of injuring three sailors with acid from projectiles launched against the Shonan Maru No. 2. The text of Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research press release follows: Japan’s Antarctic whale...
 
Researcher: Inner Workings Of The Trigger Fish Eye Examined; Double Cones For Color Vision 'Solves A Centuries Old Mystery'
Queensland, Australia - Feb 11, 2010 18:19 EST

Most people wouldn't give a second thought to the inner workings of the fish eye. But research by University of Queensland scientists is unlocking the secrets hidden behind these fishy lenses. Professor Justin Marshall, and colleagues from the Sensory Neurobiology...
 
Kiwi Scientist To Attempt Record For Rearing Deep-Sea Squid In Captivity; 'One Step Closer To The End Game'
Auckland, New Zealand - Feb 2, 2010 21:03 EST

New Zealand scientist Dr Steve O’Shea, well known for his study of giant squid, is attempting to break his own world record for keeping deep sea squid alive in captivity, as a warm up to his goal of one day...
 
Scientists: Iron-rich Soil May Feed Algae Blooms; 'Sometimes The Balance Is Upset'
Brisbane, Australia - Jan 29, 2010 18:36 EST

Australia's own distinctive red soils could play a part in the formation of the stinking swathes of blue-green algae often shoveled off east coast beaches in summer. A QUT team of scientists is taking an in-depth look at how iron, which...
 
Research: Three Second Fish Memory 'Just Rubbish'; Learning And Memory 'Quite Sophisticated'
Albury, Australia - Jan 14, 2010 22:50 EST

Have you heard the one about gold fish having only a three second memory - by the time they swim around the bowl, they’ve forgotten where they are and swim around again? “It’s absolute rubbish,” says Dr Kevin Warburton, an adjunct...
 
Massive Corals Help Unlock Climate Change Secrets In Western Australia; 'Virtually Nothing Is Known'
Perth, Western Australia - Dec 3, 2009 19:01 EST

Massive corals are being used by marine scientists to unravel the effects of climate and environmental change on coral reefs in Australia’s remote north-west. Often referred to as the Methuselah’s of coral reefs because they can be older than 500...
 
Satellite Trackers To Delve Into Diet Of Emperor Penguin Chicks; 'We Will Be Able To Record From Their Very First Dive'
Kingston, Tasmania - Nov 2, 2009 22:52 EST

With the help of satellite trackers, the foraging habits of emperor penguin chicks will be studied by Australian scientists this summer. Researchers from the Australian Antarctic Division will fit tracking equipment to several chicks at the Amanda Bay Colony, near Davis...
 
Research: Bullies Evict Little Fish As The Reef Warms; 'could Have Far-reaching Effects'
Townsville, Queensland - Nov 2, 2009 22:39 EST

Small fish are at risk of being bullied to death by big ones as coral reef resources are hit by climate change. The finding from new research by a scientist at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (CoECRS)...
 
Group Urges Antarctic Fisheries Commission To Protect Whales, Penguins, Seals And Krill
Hobart, Tasmania - Oct 28, 2009 22:47 EST

The Pew Environment Group today called on the world's governing body for conserving Antarctic marine life to geographically spread out krill catches in the Southern Ocean. This would prevent the concentration of the fishery from significantly reducing the amount of...
 
Queensland's Most Dangerous Sharks To Be Tracked; 'Bather Safety Must Be Our Number One Priority'
Queensland, Australia - Oct 28, 2009 22:22 EST

A new shark research project that will track the movement of some of the State's most dangerous species has been announced by Premier Anna Bligh. Premier Bligh said the program, which will start in early 2010, followed recent publicity about a...
 
Scientists: Corals 'Could Starve In High CO2' Levels And Ocean Acidification; 'Double Jeopardy'
Queensland, Australia - Oct 4, 2009 18:55 EST

As human activity pumps more and more carbon into the atmosphere, a new threat has emerged to the world's coral reefs – starvation. Scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and The University of Queensland have...
 
Kiwi Fishing Industry Strikes Back At New York Times On Distortions And Omissions In Hoki Fisheries Story
Wellington, New Zealand - Sep 18, 2009 17:54 EST

In a rebuke to a New York Times story questioning the sustainability of New Zealand's hoki fisheries [From Deep Pacific, Ugly and Tasty, With a Catch, 09/09/09], the New Zealand Seafood Industry struck back today in an open letter to...
 
Aussie Government Introduces New Measures To Make Swimmers Shark Smart; 'No 100% Guarantees'
Sydney, Australia - Sep 7, 2009 12:27 EST

The NSW Government will introduce a range of measures, including the first ever public education campaign, to help keep swimmers safe this summer, Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald, announced today. The changes will supplement the Government’s highly successful annual shark...
 
Australia 'Reef And Beef' Project Launched; Cows Fed Seaweed To Save Reefs
Townsville, Australia - Sep 4, 2009 23:37 EST

Everybody loves a good fart joke, but the rise in methane emissions is no laughing matter when it comes to global warming. Now, James Cook University nutritionist Dr Tony Parker thinks he has found a way to decrease this output and...
 
Greenpeace: Taiwanese Ships Caught Illegally Transferring Tuna In Proposed Marine Reserve
Western Pacific Ocean - Sep 2, 2009 21:39 EST

Two Taiwanese longline tuna fishing vessels were caught by Greenpeace illegally transferring fish at sea yesterday. (1) “Members of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) must shut down all pockets of international waters to all fishing including longlining and...
 
Study: Soviet's Secret Whaling Devastated Some Humpback Whale Populations
Lismore, Australia - Sep 1, 2009 23:53 EST

Secret illegal Soviet whaling, during the years from 1947 to 1973, led to the decimation of some populations of humpback whales in the Pacific, according to a new study by collaborating marine researchers. Wally Franklin, a PhD student with Southern Cross...
 
Queensland Government Establishes Recreational Scuba Safety Study Group; 'A Proactive Initiative'
Queensland, Australia - Aug 31, 2009 22:06 EST

Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick today announced the establishment of an industry reference group to help review Queensland’s recreational diving safety codes. Mr Dick said the dive industry in Bundaberg is becoming increasingly popular with the large numbers of tourists...
 
Scientists: Earbones And Organs Of Albacore Tuna Studied To Gauge Growth, Age And Breeding Patterns
Queensland, Australia - Aug 13, 2009 14:42 EST

Albacore tuna are harvested from tropical to temperate waters, mainly for canning, but also to satisfy the growing market for fresh fish in Europe and the United States. While previously caught as by-product, albacore have become a prime target of Australia’s...
 
Aussie Researchers To Dissect The Dining Habits Of Prawns, Eyeing 'consumption And Growth Patterns'
Queensland, Australia - Aug 12, 2009 21:39 EST

The secret feeding habits of farmed prawns will be investigated as a part of a new CSIRO research collaboration with an Australian company to develop aquaculture technologies that could revolutionise the prawn farming industry. The goal is to increase yields, enhance...
 
Study: Humans 'Damaging The Oceans' In Profound Ways; 'New Age Of Climate Change'
Queensland, Australia - Aug 11, 2009 18:53 EST

There is mounting evidence that human activity is changing the world's oceans in profound and irreversible ways, according to a recent study. For instance, the climate is currently warming faster than the worst case known from the fossil record, about 56...
 
Aussie Scientists: Communique On The Future Of Coral Reefs And The Human Communities That Depend On Them
Brisbane, Australia - Aug 11, 2009 18:34 EST

Leading Australian scientists released on August 6 the following call for action to save the world’s coral reefs, at a scientific symposium in Brisbane: Coral reefs are irreplaceable and far too valuable for human societies to allow their continued destruction....
 
New Vessel To Help Aussies Open Up Oceans Of Research Opportunities; 'There Is Still A Lot To Discover'
Victoria, Australia - Aug 7, 2009 17:46 EST

In its May Budget, the Commonwealth Government committed AU$120 million to the purchase of a new 85-metre research vessel for the Marine National Facility, together with an additional AU$30 million for the operation and maintenance of the current Australian research...
 
Oceanographers: Highest-ever Winter Water Temperatures Recorded Off Tassie Coast
Victoria, Australia - Aug 5, 2009 23:18 EST

Satellites have given oceanographers an insight into a remarkable phenomenon – a significant extension of the Leeuwin Current curling around the southern tip of Tasmania and reaching as far north as St Helens. Remote sensing specialists at CSIRO's Wealth from Oceans...
 
7000-year Old Corals Of Moreton Bay Tell Their Story; 'Curious Growth Episodes'
Queensland, Australia - Aug 5, 2009 22:38 EST

The 7000-year-old coral communities of Moreton Bay are telling a curious tale, expanding when sea-levels rise or water quality improves, then declining when current circulation becomes more restricted. Intriguing new insights into the behaviour of corals and fish under changing...
 
Australia's First Full Coral Genome Project Gets Green Light; 'A Genuine First For Australian Science'
Queensland, Australia - Jul 30, 2009 15:37 EST

One of the corals that form the backbone of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is to become the first complex animal to have its genes fully explored in Australia. Plans to sequence the entire genome of Acropora millepora, a branching...
 
Science Adopts A New Definition Of Seawater; 'Should Be In Widespread Use Within 18 Months'
Paris, France - Jul 7, 2009 21:58 EST

In Paris late last month the General Assembly of UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) accepted the case for the introduction of a new international thermodynamic description of seawater, cast in terms of a new salinity variable called Absolute Salinity. Hobart-based CSIRO...
 
From The Deep: Brisbane Scientist Discovers New Species Of Fish; 'A Most Exciting Discovery'
Queensland, Australia - Apr 29, 2009 16:57 EST

A University of Queensland researcher has returned from where no person has been before – deep in the western Pacific. PhD student Adrian Flynn, from UQ's School of Biomedical Sciences, was part of an international team investigating never-before explored areas...
 
Solomon Islands Dolphin Trade To Be Scrutinized By International Body; 'This Should Be A Wake-up Call'
Washington, D.C. - Apr 28, 2009 17:43 EST

The Solomon Islands controversial trade in wild-caught dolphins is to be subject to an in-depth review under the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as decided by the CITES Animals Committee at...
 
Doom And Boom: Scientists Astonished By Great Barrier Reef's Recovery From 2006 Bleaching Event
Queensland, Australia - Apr 21, 2009 19:00 EST

Marine scientists say they are astonished at the spectacular recovery of certain coral reefs in Australia's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park from a devastating coral bleaching event in 2006. That year high sea temperatures caused massive and severe coral bleaching...
 
Research: Stressed Fish Mothers Produce High-strung, Sometimes Abnormal Babies; Cortisol Link
Queensland, Australia - Apr 16, 2009 18:00 EST

Stressed reef fish mothers produce highly active babies, and this affects survival and has important implications for fish populations in a changing environment, according to new research. Dr Monica Gagliano, a research fellow with the AIMS@JCU joint venture, worked with colleague...
 
Scientists: Stalagmites Reveal Rapid Sea Level Rise; Ice Sheets Might Melt Faster Than Previously Thought
Canberra, Australia - Apr 8, 2009 17:32 EST

The world’s ice sheets might melt much faster than previously thought, according to a new study that used submerged stalagmites to provide some of the first firm evidence of ancient sea level rise. Researchers from Australia and Europe dated the age...
 
Research: Big-clawed Crayfish Win Fights By Cheating; 'Size Was Not An Accurate Indicator Of Strength'
Queensland, Australia - Mar 26, 2009 18:20 EST

A study conducted at UQ's Moreton Bay Research Station has found, when it comes to crayfish, size really does matter. Dr Robbie Wilson and researchers from UQ's Integrative Ecology Lab found crayfish with larger claws could trick opponents into believing...
 
Kiwi Study: Scat And Regurgitate Reveal Seals Eating Fish With Little Or No Commercial Value
Wellington, New Zealand - Feb 26, 2009 14:07 EST

Every so often departmental staff are asked the question: ‘Are seals to blame for reduced fish catch?’ A recent study, undertaken by the Department of Conservation (DOC) has looked at the diet of New Zealand fur seals/kekeno around Banks Peninsula,...
 
Report: Japan's Whalers Actions 'Inconsistent With The Antarctic Legal Regime'
Sydney, Australia - Jan 19, 2009 18:15 EST

An independent group of Antarctic law and policy experts, convened in Canberra by IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare), has released a report detailing options available to the Australian Government to challenge Japan’s whaling program through the Antarctic Treaty System...
 
Aussie Scuba Certification Agency Releases New Certification Card Design Amid Global Push
Victoria, Australia - Jan 10, 2009 09:33 EST

Associated Underwater Scuba Instructors (AUSI) has released a new certification card design; the new card became available on 1 January 2009. Mr Steve Sinclair, AUSI’S Chief Executive Officer, said the new card design is exciting because it better reflects AUSI’s global...
 
Scientists: Trees, Mangroves Won't Stop Tsunamis; Assumption 'Was Not Well Founded'
Townsville, Queensland - Dec 25, 2008 18:35 EST

Claims that coastal tree barriers can halt the might of a tsunami are false and dangerous, a team of international marine scientists said today. There are many reasons for preserving the world's dwindling stocks of mangroves, but protecting people from tsunamis...
 
Scientists: New 'Seawater' Definition Needed; 'Absolute Salinity' And 'Conservative Temperature' More Accurate
Hobart, Australia - Dec 22, 2008 17:38 EST

The science case for a change in the definition of seawater was first agreed to in 2006 when the international guiding body, the Scientific Committee on Oceans Research (SCOR) established a working group, chaired by Dr Trevor McDougall, of CSIRO's...
 
Scientists: Urgent Action On International Coral Reef Crisis; 'The Need For Region-wide Action Is Paramount'
Townsville, Australia - Nov 10, 2008 21:55 EST

Coral reef scientists and policy makers from the world's most prominent coral reef nations are meeting in Australia this week to develop urgent action plans to rescue the world's richest centre of marine biodiversity from gradual decline. Human pressures on the...
 
'Electronic Dive Buddy' Set To Make Scuba Diving A Much Safer Sport; Automatically Adjusts Buoyancy
Aukland, New Zealand - Oct 20, 2008 01:26 EST

An Electronic Dive Buddy built by University of Auckland engineering students could make scuba diving a much safer sport. Anatoly Kudryashov and Jenny Xu from the Department of Mechanical Engineering’s Mechatronics Engineering specialisation have designed a computerised system to automatically adjust...
 
Scientific Hunch Poised To Save Thousands From Toxic Ciguatera Poisoning
Queensland, Australia - Oct 20, 2008 01:14 EST

A neuroscientist at UQ's Queensland Brain Institute has found a way to combat a debilitating illness that affects an estimated 50,000 people a year in tropical regions. Ciguatera poisoning – which often results in acute nausea, vomiting and painful gastrointestinal...
 

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