Latest news from the region

CHRISTMAS Island National Park staff have been working to rehabilitate orphaned Abbott’s boobies (Papasula abbotti), while continuing their usual duties.

WA RESEARCHERS believe they are first to develop a model for accurately estimating local water temperature in near real-time for marine protected areas (MPAs).

Published in Fisheries & Water

SENTINEL chicken flocks in northern WA have tested positive for the deadly mosquito borne viruses Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE) and Kunjin, prompting a public health warning in mid-June.

Published in Health & Medicine

A NEW survey shows the Oscar Ranges in the West Kimberley to be partially buried—and is yet to verify where the Kimberley and West Australian Cratons are joined.

Published in Industry & Resources

A RECORD number of deaths and strandings of humpback whales in Western Australia has raised concern about the impacts of climate change on ocean food webs.

Published in Fisheries & Water

A GEOLOGICAL survey has confirmed that a section of the North Australia Craton was forced under its neighbouring tectonic plate and in the process created the hills that stretch from Halls Creek up to Kununurra in the Kimberley.

THE surprise discovery of a quoll population on a Kimberley island has given conservationists hope that populations will persist against the threats of invasive species, such as cane toads.

FACTORS causing the toxic blue-green algae Lyngbya majuscula to bloom in the Ramsar-listed Roebuck Bay have been investigated by scientists and Broome volunteers.

Published in Fisheries & Water

CENTRAL Kimberley rock art from the period of first Aboriginal–European contact shows iconography dramatically different to both pre-contact art and contact art from other districts.

VOLCANIC eruptions across a vast area of what is now Western Australian and the Northern Territory 510 million years ago caused the first known mass extinction of complex life forms.