Researchers: Algae-eating Batfish May Come to Great Barrier Reef's Rescue
Townsville, Australia - Dec 18, 2006 15:09 EST
In a study that marks progress in understanding the basis of coral reef recovery, researchers have revealed the critical importance of a rare batfish, Platax pinnatus, in promoting the return to health of a disturbed coral reef overgrown with algae....
Emperor Penguin Gives U.S. Scientist an Eyeful; 'Little Fear of Humans'
Ross Island, Antarctica - Dec 13, 2006 14:09 EST
Environmental policies prohibit scientists at McMurdo Station, the largest U.S. science base in Antarctica, from actively seeking the companionship of Emperor or Adelie penguins.
The general rule is: "If the animals are reacting to you, you're too close."
But if a curious...
Study: Fishermen Driving Great Barrier Reef Sharks Being Drive to Extinction
Townsville, Australia - Dec 4, 2006 17:44 EST
Investigators have revealed that coral reef shark populations are in the midst of rapid decline, and that “no-take zones”—reefs where fishing is prohibited—do protect sharks, but only when compliance with no-take regulations is high. The findings, reported by William Robbins...
New Inhaler-Friendly Snorkel Could Open Up Underwater World to Asthmatics
Queensland, Australia - Nov 8, 2006 17:59 EST
A Snorkel built to carry an inhaler could open up a whole new undersea world for asthmatics.
The Australian-developed MediDive Asthma Freedom Snorkel houses the puffer within a silicon chamber attached to the mask, giving asthma sufferers easy access to medication...
Groups Urge Kiwis to Halt Bottom Trawling; 'There is No Need to Wait'
Wellington, New Zealand - Oct 29, 2006 17:08 EST
An international coalition of more than 60 environmental groups has called on New Zealand to pull its bottom trawl fishing fleet out of the international waters of the South Pacific to protect deep-sea life.
In a letter to Prime Minister...
Kiwi Claim: Japan Ripping Off $2b Worth of Tuna
Wellington, New Zealand - Aug 23, 2006 18:36 EST
New Zealand is deeply concerned about the vulnerable status of the Southern Bluefin Tuna stock and would be very disappointed if allegations that the global quota for Southern Bluefin Tuna has been substantially over-caught are substantiated says Minister of Fisheries,...
Researcher: Rare Bottom-Breathing Turtles Can Stay Submerged Up to a Week
Queensland, Australia - Aug 4, 2006 18:16 EST
The endangered Mary River Turtle has learned the perfect way to avoid being eaten — stay underwater.
University of Queensland PhD student Natalie Mathie, who has been studying Mary River hatchlings for the last two years, has shown that the turtle...
Kiwi Greens: Sea Lion Slaughter Must Be Stopped; 'I Am Now Even More Appalled'
Wellington, New Zealand - Jun 6, 2006 23:05 EST
Fisheries Minister Jim Anderton's decision to increase the kill limit on New Zealand sealion must be reviewed after revelations today that he went against the advice of Conservation Minister Chris Carter, the Green Party says.
Documents obtained by Forest and Bird...
Vet Dispels Goldfish Three-Second Memory Myth; It's Three Months
Hobart, Australia - May 23, 2006 20:46 EST
A conference of vets in Hobart has heard that fish are much smarter than is commonly thought.
Studies have found the concept of fish having three second memories is a myth and goldfish memories can last as long as three months.
Researchers trawl the origins of sea fishing in Northern Europe
York, United Kingdom - Apr 12, 2006 18:09 EST
For decades the study of fish bones was considered one of the most esoteric branches of archaeology, but now it is helping to reveal the massive significance of the fishing trade in the Middle Ages.
New research co-ordinated by archaeologists at...
Group: Kiwi Sea Lion 'Kill Quota' Increase Unjustified
Wellington, New Zealand - Apr 11, 2006 18:28 EST
The 55% mid-season increase in the number of NZ sea lions that the squid fishing industry will be allowed to kill this season is unjustified, Forest & Bird said today.
"There is no new scientific evidence to justify the Minister's 55%...
New Zealand Takes Action to Ban Global Fish Subsidies
Geneva, Switzerland - Mar 19, 2006 19:01 EST
New Zealand has unveiled proposed new international trade rules to stop governments paying massive subsidies to fishermen to exploit the world’s already over fished oceans.
“The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation has stated that 75 per cent of world fisheries...
Aussie Scientists Discover Underwater Ant; 'We Were Sort of Dumbfounded'
Townsville, Australia - Mar 12, 2006 21:31 EST
Australian scientists have discovered what they think is the only species of ant that can live under water.
Researchers at Townsville's James Cook University said Sunday that the newly discovered species - polyrhachis sokolova - nest in submerged mangroves and hide...
Aussie Croc Killed After Jumping on Passing SUV; 'No Time to React'
Jabiru, Australia - Feb 1, 2006 19:12 EST
A saltwater crocodile has launched itself at a vehicle in Kakadu National Park, sparking an unusual warning from rangers.
Croc expert Garry Lindner said the episode – on the Kakadu Highway near Jabiru last week – followed a swag of reports...
Rare Bit of Whale Vomit May Net Aussie Family over $1 Million
Streaky Bay, Australia - Jan 24, 2006 00:00 EST
A family on South Australia's west coast has discovered a rare specimen of whale vomit on the beach that is tipped to be worth over $1 million.
The specimen, known scientifically as ambergris, is sought after by perfume companies and worth...
Aussie diver 'blinded by own blood' in harrowing shark attack
Perth, Australia - Jan 16, 2006 00:00 EST
n Australian scuba diver has described how he was blinded by his own blood as he hid in a reef from a huge great white shark as it returned repeatedly after savaging his arm.
"I just felt like I'd been hit...
Japanese whaling harpoon narrowly misses Greenpeace protestor
Southern Ocean, Antarctica - Jan 15, 2006 00:00 EST
A Japanese whaling harpoon narrowly missed an inflatable boat carrying environmental protesters, causing one to fall into the freezing sea, as both sides warn their face-off is becoming increasingly dangerous.
The Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise has been shadowing the Japanese whaling...