Fisheries & Water
THE immense diversity of sponge species in West Australian waters has been celebrated at the 9th World Sponge Conference earlier this month.
RECREATIONAL fishermen are helping researchers in an ambitious three-year study to find out more about the popular black bream (Acanthopagrus butcheri) fish species.
RESEARCHERS investigating the Ningaloo Reef’s circulation patterns have discovered that periodic, local wind-driven currents are still strong enough to generate upwelling, providing important nutrients from the seabed to the reef, despite strong suppression from the Leeuwin Current.
THE waters of WA’s Leschenault Estuary have been explored in efforts to analyse seagrass, sediment and groundwater to discover if pollutants from nearby agricultural drains are contaminating the water.
NEW polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) testing developed by scientists at ChemCentre could help protect marine health and improve marine industry environmental impacts.
WESTERN Australian researchers have had a major breakthrough by successfully transplanting seagrass – considered the forests of the marine world – in a section of Cockburn Sound.
THE Department of Fisheries have launched a new app that empowers the public to report suspected aquatic pests, in the fight to protect WA’s biosecurity.
A TEAM from Murdoch University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory in the UK, have developed the first fish based multimetric index for assessing the health of Australian estuaries.
NEW research in the Peel Harvey estuary found that during resuspension of iron sulphide rich sediments, nutrients are released into the water column.
A WESTERN Australian researcher has been recognised for a ground breaking invention that draws phosphorus out of water ways, preventing the growth of harmful algal blooms.
THE Royal Australian Navy is taking a proactive approach to marine biosecurity by joining forces with the WA Fisheries Department to ensure WA waters remain free of harmful introduced species.
DOLPHINS may endanger their own lives if they learn to beg, according to a recent study on 74 dolphins in Cockburn Sound.
Current water quality issues and the possible benefits of introducing a trading program in the Peel-Harvey catchment are being investigated by Murdoch University Masters student Ophelia Cowell.