Study: Pets’ Gourmet Tastes Are Putting Pressure On Dwindling Fish Stocks
Melbourne, Australia - Aug 25, 2008 18:25 EST
The fine dining habits of pet cats are placing pressure on dwindling fish supplies that might
be better used for human consumption, according to a Deakin University fish nutrition
Dr Giovanni Turchini, with colleague Professor Sena De Silva, has found that an...
Aussie Trawler Nets Giant 20-foot, 500-lb Squid; 'Pretty Unusual'
Victoria, Australia - May 26, 2008 20:11 EST
Australian fishermen were squids in when they hauled this 20-foot long sea monster from the ocean.
Skipper Rangi Pene said the 500-pound giant squid was already dead when it was caught in the trawler’s nets last night off Australia’s southeastern...
Sydney Harbor's Contaminated Seaweeds A Deadly Diet For Sea Creatures
Sydney, Australia - Apr 7, 2008 14:24 EST
Contaminated seaweeds in Sydney Harbour could be threatening the small animals that feed on them, according to a new study revealing that the harbour's seaweeds have the world's highest levels of copper and lead contamination.
Up to 75 percent of the...
Research: C02 Hurts Reef Growth; 'Dissolving Instead Of Growing'
Queensland, Australia - Jul 11, 2007 15:42 EST
Coral reefs are at risk of going soft, quite literally turning to mush as rising carbon dioxide levels prevent coral from forming tough skeletons, according to UQ research.
UQ marine scientists have shown that too much carbon dioxide absorption turns...
Research: Sex Change Makes Female Fish 'King of the Pack'
Newcastle, Australia - Apr 15, 2007 17:42 EST
Local research has revealed a remarkable tale of fish changing sex and fish harems in waters off the New South Wales Central Coast.
PhD student at the University of Newcastle, Ourimbah campus, Jason Morton, has spent the past four years...
Research: Behavior Tests Reveal Stingrays and Sharks May See in Color
Queensland, Australia - Apr 10, 2007 13:43 EST
UQ researchers have shown that stingrays, once thought to be colour-blind, may be capable of seeing in colour.
They have shown that the blue-spotted maskray, a common stingray in Moreton Bay, has all the physical components necessary for colour vision....
Groundbreaking New Proposal Closes 32% of New Zealand's Seafloor to Bottom Trawling
Wellington, New Zealand - Apr 5, 2007 05:12 EST
A groundbreaking fishing industry initiative will see some of New Zealand’s most significant and exciting underwater habitats protected from bottom-trawling and dredging, Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton announced today.
“Many of our most striking and fascinating underwater features will be protected, including...
Research: Baby Sharks Grow Slowly, Open Eyes and Change Fins Early
Queensland, Australia - Apr 3, 2007 13:34 EST
Baby sharks grow slowly, changing their fins as they grow and can see a month before they leave their eggs, according UQ research.
UQ Marine Science PhD student Blake Harahush, of the School of Biomedical Sciences, has been studying the...
Inquest: Drowned Kiwi Rebreather Diver Forgot to Turn Equipment On
Marlborough, New Zealand - Dec 21, 2006 16:31 EST
A diver who drowned at Ship Cove last year had failed to turn on his oxygen providing rebreather equipment properly.
At an inquest this week Blenheim coroner Peter Radich found Nigel Peter Lees, 48 of Stratford, died of hypoxia with...