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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…

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Illicit trade in marine fish catch

Illicit trade in marine fish catch

Illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing is widespread; it is therefore likely that illicit trade in marine fish catch is also common worldwide. We combine ecological-economic databases to estimate the magnitude of illicit trade in marine fish catch and its impacts on people.

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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….

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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. …

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Global Impact Challenge 2019 winner

Global Impact Challenge 2019 winner

Congratulations to Prof. Jessica Meeuwig and Dr. James Hehre on winning Singularity University’s Global Impact Challenge (GIC) for Western Australia and the finals in Melbourne! The University of Western Australia’s Marine Futures Lab won for their idea to halt and reverse global fisheries declines by developing open access technology for governments and stakeholders to better evaluate, manage and protect important fisheries.

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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. …

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Malpelo

Malpelo

In April – May of 2018 the Marine Futures lab was involved in an expedition to Malpelo Island, Colombia led by National Geographic Pristine Seas. Multiple sampling teams conducted comprehensive sampling from the shallows surrounding the island down to the deep sea and to the blue waters surrounding it…

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Far from home: Distance patterns of global fishing fleets

Far from home: Distance patterns of global fishing fleets

Postwar growth of industrial fisheries catch to its peak in 1996 was driven by increasing fleet capacity and geographical expansion. An investigation of the latter, using spatially allocated reconstructed catch data to quantify “mean distance to fishing grounds,” found global trends to be dominated by the expansion histories of a small number of distant-water fishing countries …

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Challenges of transferring models of fish abundance between coral reefs

Challenges of transferring models of fish abundance between coral reefs

Reliable abundance estimates for species are fundamental in ecology, fisheries, and conservation. Consequently, predictive models able to provide reliable estimates for un- or poorly-surveyed locations would prove a valuable tool for management. We developed predictive models of total fish abundance and of abundance by fish family for ten representative taxonomic families for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) using multiple temporal scenarios …

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Transferring biodiversity models for conservation: Opportunities and challenges

Transferring biodiversity models for conservation: Opportunities and challenges

The ability of a model to predict biodiversity metrics in novel environments is termed ‘transferability’, and models with high transferability will be the most useful. We synthesise recent advances in biodiversity model transfers to facilitate increased understanding of what underpins successful model transferability, demonstrating that a consistent approach has so far been lacking …

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BIOT megafauna stamps

BIOT megafauna stamps

On 8 June 2017, the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) Administration is releasing a set of six stamps and a first day cover portraying marine megafauna species found throughout the Territory. The fish featured in this issue are: Sailfish (60p), Reef Manta (£1), Oceanic Whitetip Shark (£1.50), Blue Marlin (£1.50) …

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