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Research: Pairing Up Is Better Than Being Single In The Sea; 'you End Up Providing A Better Service To Your Client'
Queensland, Australia - Oct 16, 2008 16:47 EST

UQ research has confirmed teamwork is key to any good relationship, even those between parasite-eating fish. Dr Alexandra (Lexa) Grutter, from UQ's School of Integrative Biology, along with colleagues from Stockholm University and The University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, found cleaner...
 
Kiwi Fisheries Minister Rebuts New Anti Shark Finning Campaign; 'Not Particularly Relevant'
Wellington, New Zealand - Sep 3, 2008 18:08 EST

“Forest and Bird’s shark finning campaign is not particularly relevant to New Zealand” Ministry of Fisheries Chief Executive, Wayne McNee, said today. It is already illegal to take the fins off live sharks in New Zealand, it is an offence under...
 
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 scientist. Dr Giovanni Turchini, with colleague Professor Sena De Silva, has found that an...
 
14-year-old Kiwi Lands 'World Record' 268kg Bluefin Tuna; 'He Played It Brilliantly'
Christchurch, New Zealand - Aug 22, 2008 18:03 EST

Fourteen-year-old angler Andrew Hargen may have netted himself a world record when he hooked this bluefin tuna off Westport. Andrew, of Christchurch, caught the 268kg (590 pound) pacific bluefin tuna off the charter boat Te Ariki Nui on Thursday. The fish took...
 
Oceans On The Precipice: Scientist Warns Of Mass Extinctions And 'Rise Of Slime'
San Diego, California - Aug 13, 2008 17:59 EST

Human activities are cumulatively driving the health of the world's oceans down a rapid spiral, and only prompt and wholesale changes will slow or perhaps ultimately reverse the catastrophic problems they are facing. Such is the prognosis of Jeremy Jackson, a...
 
Angler Snares 'Record' Tiger Shark In Western Australian Waters; 'Lots Of Scientific Data'
Dampier, Western Australia - Aug 5, 2008 12:52 EST

An angler has caught what is believed to be the biggest Tiger Shark ever captured in Western Australian waters. The 3.6 metre shark weighed nearly 285 kilograms. It was caught on a 10 kilogram line during the Dampier Classic fishing competition at...
 
Aussie Biologist: Satellite Tracking Technology To Shed Light On Tiger Shark Behavior
Queensland, Australia - Jul 21, 2008 18:32 EST

A University of Queensland (UQ) marine biologist will use satellite technology to track tiger sharks as part of a project to better understand the greatly feared sea dwellers and prevent future attacks on bathers. UQ PhD student Bonnie Holmes said...
 
Research: Exploited Fish Make Rapid Comeback In World's Largest No-take Marine Reserve Network
Townsville, Australia - Jun 30, 2008 19:09 EST

No-take marine reserves, in which fishing is completely banned, can lead to very rapid comebacks of the fish species most prized by commercial and recreational fisheries, reveals a new study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef published in the June 24th...
 
Researchers: 'World First' As Scientists Reveal Whale Shark Diving Behavior; 'Double Life'
Murdoch, Australia - Jun 17, 2008 17:23 EST

The secret double life of Ningaloo’s whale sharks has been discovered by Murdoch University scientist Brad Norman and his Swansea University (UK) colleague Professor Rory Wilson. In a world-first scientific discovery, the two Laureates of the international Rolex Awards for Enterprise...
 
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...
 
Pictures Reveal Shark Vs. Crocodile Battle Off Aussie Coast; 'We Heard Some Splashing'
Northern Territory, Australia - May 23, 2008 17:56 EST

There'S no need to be scared of sharks when you're in the Territory -- the crocs usually get to them first. Paul van Bruggen snapped these amazing pictures of a 2.5m saltie dining out on a shark on the banks...
 
Explorers Marvel At 'Brittlestar City' On Seamount In Powerful Current Swirling Around Antarctica
Washington, D.C. - May 18, 2008 18:36 EST

Census of Marine Life-affiliated scientists, plumbing the secrets of a vast underwater mountain range south of New Zealand, captured the first images of a novel “Brittlestar City” established against daunting odds on the peak of a seamount – an underwater...
 
Research: Fish Diet To Avoid Fights With Slightly Larger Rivals; Males Prefer 'Fatter' Females
Townsville, Australia - May 12, 2008 16:25 EST

People diet to look more attractive. Fish diet to avoid being beaten up, thrown out of their social group - and getting eaten as a result. That is the fascinating conclusion of the latest research into fish behavior by researchers...
 
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...
 
Scientists: Sea Rabbits May Save The Great Barrier Reef; 'Came Out Of Nowhere'
Townsville, Australia - Mar 18, 2008 15:15 EST

While rabbits continue to ravage Australia's native landscapes, rabbit fish may help save large areas of the Great Barrier Reef from destruction. The reason, say scientists, is the same in both cases - both rabbits and rabbit fish are efficient...
 
Study: Continental Drift, Sinking Ocean Basins Major Factor In Sea Level Changes
Sydney, Australia - Mar 11, 2008 07:52 EST

Sea levels were 550 feet (170 m) higher in the late Cretaceous period, about 80 million years ago, than today, shows a new reconstruction of historic ocean basins published in the journal Science. The authors say the work may help...
 
World's Largest Marine Protected Area Created In Pacific Ocean; 'A Commitment Of Historic Proportions'
Arlington, Virginia - Feb 14, 2008 17:24 EST

The small Pacific Island nation of Kiribati has become a global conservation leader by establishing the world’s largest marine protected area – a California-sized ocean wilderness of pristine coral reefs and rich fish populations threatened by over-fishing and climate change. The...
 
Economists: Reduce Fish Catch Now For Bigger Net Profits Later; 'bigger Stocks Mean Bigger Bucks'
Sydney, Australia - Dec 6, 2007 18:12 EST

A new and compelling argument for reducing fish harvests – the profit motive – could persuade world fishers to endure the short-term pain of lower catches for the long-term gain of higher returns for their labor, according to authors of...
 
Sea Shepherd Renames Ship 'Steve Irwin', Launches 'Operation Migaloo' To Defend Whales
Melbourne, Australia - Dec 5, 2007 18:48 EST

Terri Irwin has granted the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society permission to rename its ship currently known as Robert Hunter in honor of her late husband, Steve Irwin. Captain Paul Watson, founder and president of Sea Shepherd and Terri Irwin officially...
 
Photographer: Aussie Surfer-stalking Shark Picture A Fake; 'Designed It To Entertain'
Cairns, Australia - Nov 5, 2007 15:35 EST

What started as a little fun between surfing mates has grown into a shark tale of mythological proportions. Surfers around the world, via the internet, have been left spellbound by this picture of a great white apparently stalking an unsuspecting board-rider...
 
Aussie Scientists Declare: Reduce Greenhouse Emissions Or Damage To Corals Reefs 'Irreversible'
Townsville, Australia - Oct 22, 2007 15:34 EST

Over 50 scientists of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies today declared the following statements unanimously: We call on all societies and governments to immediately and substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Without targeted reductions, the ongoing damage to...
 
Scientists: Missing Deep Ocean 'Supergyre' Discovered; 'Strong Influences On The Global Climate'
Victoria, Australia - Aug 15, 2007 13:42 EST

Australian scientists have identified the missing deep ocean pathway – or ‘supergyre’ – linking the three Southern Hemisphere ocean basins in research that will help them explain more accurately how the ocean governs global climate. The new research confirms the current...
 
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...
 
550 Pound, 26-foot Long Giant Squid Washes Up On Tasmanian Beach; 'It Is A Whopper'
Hobart, Australia - Jul 11, 2007 07:19 EST

A giant squid washed up dead on Tasmania's west coast is one of the biggest ever found, weighing in at 250 kilograms (550 pounds), with a cross-section as big as a truck tire and longer than a station wagon. Scientists, who...
 
Aussie Scientists Target Manta Ray Mysteries; 'Basic Information Remains Unknown'
Queensland, Australia - May 1, 2007 16:57 EST

Manta rays are hard to miss —big, black and stretching up to seven metres wide, but scientists are still in the dark about the world's largest ray. A team of UQ scientists is joining forces with industry and government partners...
 
U.S. Home Searched in Connection with Diving Death of Honeymooner on Aussie Shipwreck
Queensland, Australia - Apr 24, 2007 14:53 EST

Police have searched a home in the US seeking information about the death of an American woman who was scuba diving on her honeymoon in north Queensland in 2003. Christina Thomas Watson, 26, died during a diving trip to the Yongala...
 
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...
 
Scientist: Massive Coral Death Attributed to Indonesian Earthquake; 'None Survived' Uplift
Queensland, Australia - Apr 11, 2007 16:35 EST

The recent survey by scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society - Indonesia Program and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (ARCCoERS) investigated the condition of coral reefs in Pulau Simeulue and Pulau Banyak off Aceh,...
 
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....
 
Coral Exposed as Solomon Island Lifted Three Meters by Earthquake; 'Water Go Back and Not Come Back Again'
Ranongga, Solomon Islands - Apr 7, 2007 15:11 EST

The force of this week's Solomons earthquake has lifted an island in the South Pacific archipelago and pushed out its shoreline by tens of metres, exposing surrounding reefs. The remote island of Ranongga in the western Solomon Islands used to...
 
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...
 
Full Protection for Great White Sharks Starts Today off Kiwi Coast; 'No Fisher Will Profit'
Wellington, New Zealand - Apr 2, 2007 13:58 EST

White pointer sharks will now be fully protected within the 200 nautical miles of water around New Zealand, and from fishing by New Zealand-flagged boats further afield, the Ministers of Conservation and Fisheries announced today. Conservation Minister Chris Carter said despite...
 
Mysterious Cold-water Eddy 'Monsters' Lower Sea Level off Aussie Coast; 'A Very Powerful Natural Feature'
Sydney, Australia - Mar 14, 2007 07:26 EST

Oceanographers have identified a huge, dense mass of cold water off Sydney but know very little about what causes it or the influence it has in the Tasman Sea ecosystem. “What we do know is that this is a very powerful...
 
Researcher: Unchartered Waters Probed as 'Malaria' of the Fish World Studied
Queensland, Australia - Mar 8, 2007 19:04 EST

A University of Queensland researcher is charting the unknown waters of a disease that has been dubbed the “malaria” of the fish world. A parasite which lives in the blood of coral reef fish is being investigated by School of...
 
Drunk Aussie Attacks and Kills Shark, Blames Vodka; 'I'm a Bit of an Idiot for Doing It'
Sydney, Australia - Feb 15, 2007 19:33 EST

A man who caught a 4-foot shark with his bare hands off an Australian beach said on Friday he only tried the feat because he was drunk on vodka. Phillip Kerkhof was fishing off a jetty at Louth Bay, a town...
 
Aussies to Sponsor Bull Shark Fishing Contest to Cull Beasts from Local Canals
Queensland, Australia - Feb 13, 2007 19:17 EST

[Editor's note: An earlier version of this article stated that Gold Coast mayor Ron Clarke and the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries were strong supporters of the bull shark fishing contest. Both the mayor and the Department of...
 
Aussie Vows to Rid Coast of Bull Sharks; 'They're Bastards. I'm Going to Eradicate Them'
Queensland, Australia - Feb 12, 2007 15:09 EST

Armed only with his trusty fishing rod, Ian Robinson plans to take on Australia's Gold Coast bull sharks. The 28-year-old Mermaid Waters man is on a mission to rid our waterways of the deadly predators -- by catching them all. "They're bastards....
 
Researchers: Plant-grazing Fish Boost the Resilience of Coral Reefs Facing Stress
Townsville, Australia - Feb 8, 2007 20:34 EST

By using cages to experimentally control the access of fish to coral reefs, researchers have assessed the role of fish "grazing" in the ability of reefs to successfully recover from potentially devastating coral-bleaching events related to rises in ocean temperatures....
 
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...
 

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