The Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster
Fishery is one of more than 30
Australian fishing sectors to be assessed
for its environmental impact using the
Ecological Risk Assessment method.
Courtesy of CSIRO
Discover some of the Flagship’s other research achievements and outcomes
through these links to media releases, podcasts, vodcasts and other
World interest in Australian fishery impact test: An
Australian method for assessing the environmental impact of
marine fisheries has caught the eye of fishery management
agencies worldwide (and podcast
Net profits: the challenge of managing the world's fisheries).
Finding the ASX200 for marine ecosystems:
Researchers are building the environmental equivalent of the
ASX200 as a means of monitoring the health of Australian marine
Study predicts seabed response to climate change: CSIRO
scientists produced the first preliminary predictions of the
potential impact of climate change on the Australian seabed (and
Model predicts seafloor at risk by climate change).
New manufacturing opportunities
– sensors to protect marine and
freshwater ecosystems: An ambitious new research
collaboration designed to track the health of Australia’s marine
and freshwater ecosystems was launched.
Surf’s up: new technology to forecast waves and currents
podcast: New research into a laptop-based software system capable of
interpreting near-shore waves from radar, and providing
several-day wave and current forecasts, could soon be making our
beaches safer and assisting the Royal Australian Navy with
Turning the ‘green tide’ in the Yellow Sea
[Word 39KB]: Massive algal blooms in the
Yellow Sea in June 2008 and 2009 were caused by increased
coastal aquaculture activity 180 kilometres away and threaten to
potentially become an annual event, Chinese and Australian
researchers have found.
Helping Albacore tuna come out of the can: Scientists are
studying the earbones and organs of more than 2000 albacore tuna
to better understand the growth, age and breeding patterns of
this increasingly important species.
Vessel to open up oceans of research opportunities:
Australia’s ocean climate and geoscience research capability
will more than double when its latest ocean-going research
vessel joins the national fleet in 2012 (and vodcast
Dr Megan Clark: Australia's future research vessel).
Highest-ever winter water temperatures recorded: Tasmania’s
east coast recorded its highest-ever winter water temperatures
of more than 13oC – up to 1.5oC above normal – due to a
strengthening of an ocean current originating north of
Seeing below the surface: Dr Kate Wilson discusses the
importance of understanding oceans and why more research is
needed to support ocean science.
Global curbs on overfishing are beginning to work: Scientists have
joined forces in a groundbreaking assessment of the status of
marine fisheries and ecosystems (and podcast
Gone fishing - assessing marine ecosystems).
Science adopts a new definition of seawater: The world’s peak ocean
science body has adopted a new definition of seawater developed
by Australian, German and US scientists to make climate
projections more accurate (and podcast
Science adopts a new definition of seawater).
- Some Ningaloo Reef fish are ‘homebodies’: New research shows
that some fish species in Western Australia’s Ningaloo Marine
Park spend most of their time close to home, staying on the reef
rather than travelling significant distances, as was previously
thought (and podcast
Stay-at-home fish prefer reef life).
Making ocean life count
podcast: CSIRO statisticians and
marine researchers are working to understand marine ecological
processes in a critical range of Australia's continental slope.
- Dinner for
tuna: tracking tuna dining habits across the Indian Ocean
[external link]: Southern
Bluefin Tuna can’t even
have a quiet snack without CSIRO researchers knowing.
Probing the depths while staying high and dry
is developing an airborne, remote-sensing instrument that can
‘see’ beneath water, even when the water is cloudy, by the use
of optical and acoustic technologies.
- Discussions held over Ningaloo research [external link]:
Marine science experts gathered in Exmouth for the third annual
Ningaloo Research Symposium (WA Department of Environment and
the Western Australian Marine Science Institution).
$120m for new Marine Research Vessel: The Federal Budget delivered $120
million in funds for a new “blue-water” marine Research
Vessel to replace the Southern Surveyor.
$30m for Atlas of Living Australia: The announcement of a
$30 million increase in funding for the Atlas of Living
($10 million in 2009-10) has been welcomed by the CSIRO as an
important foundational step in the deeper understanding of
We will soon be listening for sharks along the WA coast
[external link]: The Western Australian Government provided
additional funding for monitoring the occurrence of “tagged”
white (pointer) sharks off metropolitan Perth beaches (WA
- ‘Ocean glider’ home after two-month voyage: Scientists are
celebrating the first successful deployment and retrieval in
Australia of a remotely controlled, deep ocean-going robotic
submarine destined to play a central role in measuring changes
in two of Australia’s most influential ocean currents.
- Students lead discussions on Ningaloo [external link]: The
spotlight was on students from Western Australian universities
when they attended a forum to discuss their research into
Ningaloo Marine Park and its surrounding areas (WA Department of
Environment and the Western Australian Marine Science
$20 million for climate change in the Pacific [external link]:
The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Stephen Smith, and Minister
for Climate Change and Water, Senator Penny Wong, announced $20
million to help Australia’s neighbours in the Pacific and East
Timor better understand how climate change will impact on them
(AusAID, Department of Climate Change, Bureau of Meteorology).
Setting direction for $38B marine industry [external link]:
Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and
Research, launched the first comprehensive strategy for
Australia's $38 billion marine industry sector (Oceans
Rising sea levels set to have major impacts around the world
[external link]: Even the lower ranges of the plausible sea
level rise are likely to hit low lying countries hard
(University of Copenhagen).
CSIRO research is in the zone in Moreton Bay: Preliminary
research has confirmed that fish and crabs in existing protected
‘green zones’ in Moreton Bay are both bigger and more abundant
than those outside the zones.
The Australian Climate Change Science Program: 20 years on
podcast: Climate change and its future effects have led to a
lot recent discussion, but it’s actually something the
Australian Climate Change Science Program has been investigating
for 20 years.
Climate change impacting on the Southern Ocean
Southern Ocean is changing, and evidence shows that around the
Antarctic, the Southern Ocean is warming at a faster rate than
the global ocean average.
Ocean observations reap climate science rewards: Long-term
observations of the oceans around Australia are providing the
nation’s climate scientists with significant benchmarks for
seasonal forecasts and monitoring future climate change.
Student’s snazzy sub sampler may lead to patent: A summer
scholarship student has developed an automated water sampler of
such high quality it is now being considered for a provisional