The industry says the deterrent is necessary, but evidence suggests the devices pose a significant threat to some marine life, including maiming and killing seals.
With 300 stone artefacts submerged on Australia’s continental shelf last year, Indigenous underwater cultural heritage needs to be prioritised in marine science and industry practices.
These phallic, burrowing invertebrates are certainly worth your time as integral and fascinating members — of Australia’s marine ecosystems.
Fascinating facts about this unusual fish include that it doesn’t swim very well. A marine expert reveals why
We are not at risk of running out of oxygen due to climate change, but ocean creatures are – and that will harm the whole planet.
This kind of research, with consistent data collection at the same locations over time, helps support global understanding of climate change.
There have been just six verified sightings of the pygmy blue whale off Sydney in 18 years. Rare sightings like these are crucial, because the giants are considered ‘data deficient’.
Just because coral is dying, doesn’t mean marine life in reefs will end. New research found dead coral hosted 100 times more microscopic invertebrates than healthy coral.
Warm-blooded fish can swim 1.6 times faster than their cold-blooded relatives.
Bubble-net feeding is when whales blow bubbles from their nose to encircle their food, trapping their prey into a tight ball. A citizen scientist was the first to capture this behaviour in Australia.
Tackling bycatch in large-scale fishing can make our seafood habit more sustainable
Climate change has already made tropical oceans too hot for some marine species to survive. As they flee towards the poles, the implications for ecosystems and human livelihoods will be profound.
Australia is considering removing humpback whales from the threatened species list after their numbers rebounded in recent decades. But the mammals face new threats.
I helped survey coral reefs in Norfolk Island for the first time in eight years, and snapped marine life we didn’t expect to see there.
The election of the Biden administration raised hopes of a new dawn in US environmental protections. But left-right views will continue to stymie progress, just as they do in Australia.
We are only just beginning to understand the importance of this deep and hidden area of the inter-reef that supports a rich diversity of marine life.
Through the whale’s journey from life to death, Caleb escapes the emotional toll of his situation, and finds his path forward.
Australia needs to drop the deception that square kilometres say anything meaningful about conservation.
Looking a bit like enlarged woodlice, ancient trilobites crawled along the seabed and had an exoskeleton made of calcite — nature’s version of a suit of armour.
Partially protected areas don’t have more wildlife than unprotected areas. They consume conservation resources and occupy space that could otherwise be allocated to more effective protection.