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Whale poo, lobster babies and fish ears: a week at IMAS

Are you in high school and considering a career in marine science? Then the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and Redmap may be able to help you.  IMAS recently hosted Year 10 student Georgia Poyner from Narooma, NSW, who sees a career in marine biology on the horizon.

Great Barrier Reef: Signs of recovery despite major coral bleaching

THE Great Barrier Reef’s most popular tourist sites show just two per cent of coral has died off, with the rest in “positive” signs of recovery, despite the world’s biggest mass coral bleaching event on record. New research found about 68 per cent of reefs from Cairns to Lizard Island had varying levels of coral bleaching, but most of it likened to sunburn on a human body where ...

Spare not spear plant-eating fish?

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is asking fishers and spearfishers to help spread the word and consider leaving plant-eating fish on the Great Barrier Reef to help build new coral colonies following the mass coral bleaching event. 

Port Macquarie residents track whales

PORT Macquarie families were involved in citizen science on Sunday as they participated in the 16th annual Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA) whale census. About 165 whales were reportedly spotted at Tacking Point at Lighthouse Beach by residents and National Parks and Wildlife representatives. Read the full story in the Port Macquarie News.

Jellyfish 'coffee table' book!

Dr Lisa-ann Gershwin, biologist and jellyfish expert, is launching her new book Jellyfish: A Natural History. It is a gorgeous coffee table book with hundreds of splendid photos and lots of interesting tidbits of information about jellyfish, written to appeal to marine biologists and non-scientists alike. 

Redmap helps protect marine life and monitor climate change

Redmap is a marine ecosystem monitoring project based in Tasmania but covering the majority of the Australian coast. Behind the project’s success is a simple but innovative idea: that fishers, divers and other ‘citizen  scientists’  feed  the  key  data  into  the  system themselves, logging significant sightings along with a photo of the find and location. Read the full story at ANDS.

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