Destructive fishing, bombing and poisoning were banned in Indonesia in 2004 but enforcement is weak.
Our study found that some individuals who previously participated in destructive fishing practices can transform into inspiring leaders and influence others to protect coral reefs.
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Fish that live in the sea have found amazing ways to control the amount of water and salt in their bodies, and stay hydrated.
What is in these products? And if additives don’t affect your health, would you care?
Food fraud, the centuries-old problem that won’t go away.
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Dairy farmers used to put sheep brains and chalk in skim milk to make it look frothier and whiter. Coffee, honey and wine have also been past targets of food fraudsters. Can the law ever keep up?
The famous “faceless fish”, which garnered worldwide headlines when it was collected by the expedition.
Surveying the bottom of the ocean turns out to be far from easy. But there was something wonderful about seeing animals we have only read about in old books.
The researchers found nearly 38 million pieces of plastic rubbish on Henderson Island, in one of the remotest parts of the ocean.
Plastics pose a major threat to seabirds and other animals, and most don't ever break down - they just break up. Every piece of petrochemical-derived plastic ever made still exists on the planet.
A bloom of phytoplankton in the Barents Sea: the milky blue colour strongly suggests it contains coccolithopores.
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Tiny organisms change ocean acidity to benefit themselves.
Dendrogramma, the deep-sea mushroom.
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What scientists first thought was an ancient species that had survived undiscovered for many millions of years, turns out to be part of something equally mysterious.
Stormwater may be a road hazard, but it can also harm marine life when it flows out to sea.
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Storms like those that lashed Australia's east coast flush pollution out to sea.
Algae in water and soils can be a great forensic tool.
We are only just starting to understand the potential of microscopic algae as forensic evidence.
Expect to see more ships on the horizon, as global shipping booms. But how well are we measuring and governing what happens at sea?
As the world's land-based economies struggle with around 2% GDP growth, the global marine economy – often talked about as "the blue economy" – is a bright light on the horizon.
RV Investigator at sea – It will be formally commissioned in Hobart today.
We know more about the surface of the moon than we do about our deepest oceans, and only 12% of the ocean floor within Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone has so far been mapped. The reason for this is…
A great butterfly fish enjoys the reef view off Waialae, Hawaii.
Reef historian Iain McCalman, in Sydney, and reef scientist Stephen Palumbi, in California, are monitoring reef degradation from opposite sides of the planet. They compared notes. Iain McCalman: A recent…
Coral reef ecosystem off Palmyra Atoll part of newly expanded Marine National Monument.
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This fall, President Obama signed a proclamation that created the biggest marine reserve in the world. By extending the protective boundaries around Wake Island, Jarvis Island and Johnston Atoll from 50…
An oil and gas drilling platform offshore from Australia.
If anything good is to come from the devastation caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and Australia’s Montara oil and gas leak the year before, it is that we learn from our mistakes…
New insights have been made into how male southern bottletail squids produce the greatest number of offspring. The female…
A variety of life has been discovered off the northern coat of Papua New Guinea. A team led by Professor Jim Thomas of Nova…
Critically endangered North Atlantic right whales have lost approximately two thirds of their communication “space” in a…
The greatest impact on seafloors and coral reefs comes from small marine snails, who consume a larger portion of seaweed…
Exposure to warmer water can greatly increase the reproductive powers of the common pest fish gambusia, a new study shows…
There are only around 150 Barrunan dolphins known in the world.
Australian researchers have discovered that a dolphin found in Victoria is its own separate species, distinct from all other…