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Updated population trend estimates enable threatened species listings for migratory shorebirds

Mar 25, 2024

The new listings were guided by population trend estimates created in a Marine and Coastal Hub project co-designed with the Department of Climate Change, Energy the Environment and Water (DCCEEW). The hub project, led by Professor Richard Fuller of The University of Queensland, focussed on 15 migratory shorebird species whose conservation status was being reassessed…

A 16-year science-management partnership for Australia’s oceans

Mar 25, 2024

A long-term partnership between Parks Australia and the National Environmental Science Program has been critical to this achievement. In early March, Marine and Coastal Hub co-leader Dr Alan Jordan, and Senior Advisor – Science and Management Effectiveness, Parks Australia, Dr Steffan Howe, shared their insights on the value of this partnership and the ingredients of…

Pakana Rangers pilot surveys of seagrass habitat in the proposed Tayaritja Milaythina Muka IPA

Mar 25, 2024

Seagrass beds are culturally and ecologically important habitats in the proposed Tayaritja Milaythina Muka Indigenous Protected Area (IPA). This collaborative hub project is mapping their extent for the first time. The results will contribute to the management plan being developed by the Pakana community for the proposed IPA, and to a Pakana Ranger seagrass monitoring…

Behavioural research reshapes the Reef Authority’s communication with recreational fishers

Mar 25, 2024

Dr Tracey Mahony of James Cook University (JCU) and Associate Professor Vanessa Adams of University of Tasmania (UTAS) led the Marine and Coastal Hub project that evaluated recreational fisher behaviour, values, and compliance motivations. Assoc. Prof. Adams said key elements of the project’s success were research co-design, transdisciplinary teams, and the ability to implement and…

Planning for northern Australia’s future

Mar 18, 2024

Economic developments need to be well thought out, ensuring we understand: First Nations people have a longstanding relationship with the land. Their viewpoints are of special importance as they have rights to more than 78% of the region. Researchers have analysed planning activities in the Douglas-Daly and Gilbert River catchments. As part of Project 3.1,…

Posters illustrate hub research for local schools and communities

Mar 18, 2024

In an ongoing effort to empower communities with essential knowledge about their environment, the posters focus on engaging indigenous groups, communities and local schools. The research expands across northern Australia and includes dugong population surveys, sawfish tracking, feral animal control, seagrass mapping surveys, sea snake identification, and bycatch monitoring. A key aspect of the hub…

Nathan’s dream career captures a sea lion’s perspective of the marine world

Dec 19, 2023

When I was a teenager, working on beautiful islands, studying and learning about the ocean and marine life is something I dreamt about doing as a career. Throughout the course of my PhD it has felt incredibly surreal to see those dreams realised. My PhD project is focused on identifying and mapping critical habitats and…

Who’s talking about offshore wind energy?

Nov 21, 2023

The two-day workshop was organised by Dr Karen Evans of CSIRO, leader of a hub project focussed on threatened species datasets relevant to the Gippsland Declared Area for Offshore Energy Infrastructure. Almost 60 people attended, either at CSIRO Hobart, or online. They included researchers, consultants, Commonwealth and state government regulators, and proponents of offshore wind…

Annual survey detects potential slowdown in ‘western’ southern right whale recovery

Nov 5, 2023

Leader of the hub project, Dr Joshua Smith of Murdoch University, says preliminary results of the 2023 annual survey also show very low sightings of southern right whales, with the numbers substantially down from the previous several years. “While 2022 had the lowest number of unaccompanied animals (whales without calves) since the aerial surveys began…

Understanding grazing impacts on Torres Strait seagrasses

Sep 11, 2023

To understand this link, scientists from James Cook University TropWATER, under the Marine and Coastal Hub, conducted experiments in the region with Indigenous rangers from Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) and Traditional Owners from Mabuyag Island. Using exclusion cages to prevent dugongs and turtles from feeding on small patches of seagrass meadow in the declining regions, scientists measured seagrass inside and outside the cages. The…


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