Queensland News

From landlubber to marine biologist

Obsessed diver, sea slug guru, unlucky fisherman (of mainly toadfish):  meet marine biologist Dr David Harasti. He verifies many of the community sightings logged on Redmap in NSW. How did this landlubber from Canberra –  who spent his youth fishing for carp in lakes –  become a marine biologist and underwater photographer?

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

Year 10 student Georgia Poyner from Narooma, NSW, donned a lab coat and wet weather gear for an action-packed week of field and lab experience at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) in Hobart recently. She measured rock lobsters, cut out fish ears and discovered what whale poop looks like.

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 the coral glows …

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. 

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