Fisheries & Water

RESEARCH into populations of the western striped grunter (Pelates octolineatus) on the lower west coast shows the species has a highly seasonal growth pattern and migrate between coastal and estuarine environments depending on their age.

THREE months ago, a 72-year-old Gerry Allen clung to a lifeboat in the South China Sea watching the boat on which he had been travelling to his next job descend to a watery grave.

THERE is new hope for the future of the Margaret River’s critically endangered hairy marron (Cherax tenuimanus) after marked success in a captive breeding program.

A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY team is closely monitoring the Kimberley’s coastal and estuarine environment to better understand how present levels of organic nitrogen and carbon play a role in sustaining marine productivity.

CAMERAS are more effective than field personnel at collecting long-term data on marine animals in the ocean, according to a WA study on dolphin movements.

THE discovery of a highly diverse coral community in a harsh but untouched marine environment in the Kimberley has sparked new hope for the future of coral reefs and prompted scientists to rethink factors that promote coral reef survival.

THE Perth Canyon—the underwater chasm that is twice as deep as the Grand Canyon—is teeming with noises made by whales, fish, the weather and passing ships according to a long-running study.

DEPARTMENT of Fisheries (DoF) scientists are ‘lighting up’ DNA from pink snapper (Chrysophrys auratus) eggs to better estimate the health of west coast stocks.

THE widely publicised El Niño weather pattern set to cause dire warming conditions in eastern Australia this year is expected to have the opposite effect on WA waters.

A CHANCE find on Broome’s Cable Beach in 2012 led researchers from the University of Adelaide and Charles Darwin University to find several specimens of two north western Australian sea snakes not seen since 2001.

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