Victorian News

Ocean acidification causes young corals to develop deformed skeletons

Coral reefs around the world are facing a whole spectrum of human-induced disturbances that are affecting their ability to grow, reproduce and survive. These range from local pressures such as overfishing and sedimentation, to global ones such as ocean acidification and warming. With the third global coral bleaching event underway, we now more than ever, need to understand how coral responds to these stressors. Read more in The Conversation.

New Marine Biology course for hands-on experience as a real scientist

Are you in Year 11 or 12 and thinking of becoming a marine biologist? Then check out the amazing Temperate Marine Biology unit run by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). The course provides students with key concepts in marine biology plus a real-world, research experience on Maria Island, Tasmania. And REDMAP is offering one student a scholarship for the field trip part of the course!


Species on the move worldwide

MARINE biologist Gretta Pecl and a team of Hobart scientists have found themselves hard up against the perfect natural marine laboratory — the cool but warming waters of Tasmania’s East Coast.  With colleagues at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and CSIRO, their research to study the sensitivity of species to rapid climate change has clearly documented a significant shift southward in the fauna and flora inhabiting East Coast …

Redmap NSW wins award!

Redmap NSW has just won the Community Award at the Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards. Congratulations!

Redmap's Summer 2015/16 Newsletter

Redmap has received more than 1500 sightings of marine life around Australia that people deemed uncommon in their local seas. This edition of Redmap news reviews the citizen science including the Top 3 sightings per state. Also, read interviews with Redmap members around Australia and other marine news! Check out the newsletter here.

Top 3 Redmap sightings and other community data

Australian fishers, divers and beachcombers have documented some 1500 sightings of marine life they considered uncommon in their local seas. Many of the Redmap sightings were species out of their usual home range (distribution); and others were valuable observations of rare or poorly-studied species that we'll track over time. And it looks like the scuba divers beat the fishers for uploading the most sightings on Redmap! Here's a snapshot of Redmap's citizen …

Skipping school for abalone: Redmap member profile

Commercial diver Bryan Denny has no regrets starting his career as a teenager when he'd skip school to fish with local abalone divers. Read about his life on the sea and the changes he's seen over the years.

Catching tropical fish in Victoria?

Last summer Victorian diver Paul Sorensen spotted a tropical-looking fish lingering in an abandoned shopping trolley under the Frankston Pier near Melbourne. It turned out to be a tropical species usually found near Queensland reefs.

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