Fisheries & Water
A REFERENCE collection of potential invasive marine species in WA, which forms part of a system for identifying pests via their genetic material, has been hailed as a marine biosecurity world first.
To celebrate Conservation Week (Nov 1-8), ScienceNetwork WA invited Department of Parks and Wildlife Community Engagement Program Manager Jason Menzies to shed light on the Dolphin Watch citizen science project, and it's importance to conservation.
CSIRO scientists have revealed how much water lies beneath the parched Pilbara landscape in a study to help safeguard the resource as mining and agriculture expands in the region and the climate changes.
THE Ambon damsel (Pomacentrus amboinensis) have been found to need exposure to the natural environment to develop the ultraviolet (UV) facial markings reef fish use as a covert communication system to potentially avoid predators.
WA’S coastline will be scrutinised to study the effects of El Nino and La Nina weather patterns after scientists discovered the phenomena caused greater coastal flooding and erosion across the Pacific.
AUSTRALIA’S humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) populations have recovered to the point where scientists are recommending the mammal be removed from the threatened species list.
THE level of public backlash to WA’s baited drum line policy suggested it but now research is reinforcing public opinion finding that most ocean goers who have seen or encountered a shark off the WA coast are opposed to killing them.