The Conversation

20 May 2014

Why are our oceans important to us? How is our health, the health of the environment, the strength of our economy and indeed, our future, dependent on the seas? How can marine science help us, collectively, to sustainably develop our marine-based industries and at the same time protect our unique marine ecosystems so that they can be appreciated and enjoyed by future generations? Read more




Herald Sun

15 December 2013

TRAINED marksmen have shot dead more than 30,000 feral pigs in north Queensland in the past two years after scientists warned they were wiping out endangered turtles and causing more than $100 million in agricultural losses.

Gunmen shooting from helicopters used high-powered rifles to cull the pigs in several locations north of Cooktown. Read more





612 ABC Brisbane

18 October 2012

We all know that the floods of 2011 were a huge event, but it seems the effects are still being felt off the coast.

Yesterday at the Fitzroy Basin Authority's annual muster the assembled crowd heard about the research that was conducted following last year's flooding and what effect that had on the coastal and reef ecosystem.

Jon Brodie is the Principal Research Scientist for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER) at James Cook University had some bad news when it came to discussing the health of the Great Barrier Reef. Read more




Daily Life

12 December 2013

Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, according to one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality will improve along the reef coast.

On Tuesday federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt gave the green light to dredging and dumping associated with four coal terminals, and the building of a liquid natural gas refinery and pipeline on the Great Barrier Reef coast. Read more





23 April 2014

NASA satellites are being used to show where polluted water runs into the Great Barrier Reef, helping researchers understand its impacts.

Out-of-this-world techniques are being used to help protect one of the world's greatest natural wonders. Read more



Science World Report

15 November 2013

Live corals are the most important contributors to the structure of the saltwater reef in nature as well as in reef aquariums. Corals, sponges and seaweeds cover most of the surface of coral reefs and make up the most diverse range of all marine ecosystems, as well as account for perhaps one quarter of all ocean species found in reefs.

A recent study from researchers at the University of Hawaii-Manoa, the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research (JIMAR) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) looks at how global changes in climate and ocean chemistry affect corals scarcity or abundance, with wide distributions that affect many. Read more




Herald Sun

16 August 2013

THE navy has successfully located four unexploded bombs on the Great Barrier Reef, exactly one month after they were dropped by US fighter jets.

The Defence Force said the bombs - two inert and two high-explosive, but unarmed - had been found in conjunction with the US Navy by the RAN minehunter HMAS Gascoyne. Read more




Science Alert

21 August 2013

Round the planet the loveable clownfish Nemo may be losing his home, a new scientific study has revealed.

Research by an international team of marine scientists has found that sea anemones, which provide shelter for clownfish and 27 other fish species, are facing the same worldwide threat as coral reefs – bleaching and loss due to rising water temperatures. Read more





01 November 2013

The recent discoveries of a stunning trove of new vertebrate species from the Cape Melville area of northeast Queensland, Australia, show that we still have a lot to learn about life on this planet.

Even though no place on Earth can be described as "pristine" any longer, these creatures live in habitats that have been relatively little disturbed. They include a spectacular gecko and a frog whose eggs develop without a tadpole stage. Read more




ABC Rural

03 December 2013

It's a new era for the cane industry, with a voluntary best management program for sugar producers launched.

In recent years, cane farmers have been heavily criticised for the negative impact fertiliser use has on Great Barrier Reef health. Read more





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