Fisheries & Water
THE biodegradability of soft plastic fishing lures has been called into question, following research by Albany Senior High School students.
WESTERN Australian researchers are conducting a global initiative to evaluate the importance of sharks for conservation and economic development, in a bid to slow global declines in shark numbers.
LOCAL researchers have presented the first quantitative evidence to support the perception that accessibility to ephemeral (transitory) rivers in WA’s north may impact the abundance of some 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.
RESEARCHERS have developed a simple, comprehensive food web that shows the trophic relationships between predator fish and their prey.
NEW polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) testing developed by scientists at ChemCentre could help protect marine health and improve marine industry environmental impacts.
SCIENTISTS researching light stress indicators in seagrass have gathered and analysed international research in the field to narrow-down 119 variables to 19 robust bioindicators of light stress that can be incorporated into monitoring programs.
A SIGNIGICANT freshwater fish kill 15km west of Albany earlier this month has been attributed to a large bloom of blue-green algae affecting the waterway.
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.
A NEW study has shown low levels of groundwater are a major cause of declining streamflow into reservoirs that supply Perth’s drinking water, worsening the effects of declining rainfall in south-western Australia.
MURDOCH University researchers have secured an $850,000 grant from the State Natural Resources Management (NRM) office to help research and conserve three endangered species of fresh water fish native to the South West.
DOLPHINS may endanger their own lives if they learn to beg, according to a recent study on 74 dolphins in Cockburn Sound.
UP to 35 full-time students could be attracted to the UWA’s Albany campus if plans go ahead to offer enrolments next year in a Masters in water management.
RESEARCH by the Department of Fisheries WA suggests detection rates of acoustic tracking tools are significantly reduced by environmental and technical factors.
RESEARCHERS at UWA Oceans Institute are now closer to understanding the how and why of shark attack and, more importantly, how to prevent them.
WA is now a part of the effort to reverse diminishing global tuna stocks.
PERTH university students are set to join the world of some of the best animators and developers helping to create a unique digital experience that allows users to explore the world’s oceans by downloading an app.
THE Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IA CRC) is looking to control the European carp (Cyprinus carpio) by exposing it to the koi herpes virus.
THE mystery surrounding the songs of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) has gotten deeper thanks to findings from researchers in the USA, Madagascar and Western Australia.
NEW research shows banded bamboo sharks (Chiloscyllium punctatum) are able to sense predators while still in the embryonic state.