Geographe and South-west Marine Parks 2020 Expedition

Geographe and South-west Marine Parks 2020 Expedition

The South-west Corner Marine Park is the largest marine park in the South-west network whilst Geographe Marine Park is home for migrating humpback and blue whales.  Our goal over this 16-day survey is to document the status of ocean wildlife . Specifically, we aim to determine the diversity, abundance, and size of marine species such as oceanic sharks and pelagic fishes to create a baseline for this park…

Biology as Art 2019

Biology as Art 2019

Chris Thompson was awarded the Head of School Commendation on the print of a Samson Fish (Seriola hippos). The image was created using the Japanese printing technique gyotaku, this is a form of nature printing developed in the 1800s and used by fishermen to record their catch….

Wandoo

Wandoo

In collaboration with Vermilion Oil and Gas Australia (VOGA) we are investigating the ecology of offshore oil and gas platforms. Many of the world’s oil and gas platforms will reach their end-of-life in the next 10-20 years, with the global decommissioning industry expected to be worth US$82 Billion by 2040. …

Modern slavery and the race to fish

Modern slavery and the race to fish

Marine fisheries are in crisis, requiring twice the fishing effort of the 1950s to catch the same quantity of fish, and with many fleets operating beyond economic or ecological sustainability. A possible consequence of diminishing returns in this race to fish is serious labour abuses, including modern slavery, which exploit vulnerable workers to reduce costs.

Rowley Shoals and Montebello Islands Expedition

Rowley Shoals and Montebello Islands Expedition

The Marine Futures Lab returned from a month-long stint in north Western Australia using midwater stereo-BRUVs to survey pelagic fish and shark assemblages. Sampling effort was focused in deep canyons north-west of the Rowley Shoals and the surroundings of the Montebello Islands. In total, 280 mid-water stereo-BRUVs were successfully deployed across the Rowley Shoals and Montebello Islands. …