Arti for Weipa

Jan 14, 2016 - 3:15 PM - by Meterplus
Just about everyone on Ausfish has either been to Cape York or knows someone who has. Whether it be the 'Trip to the Tip' or for a fishing expedition you are most likely going to come to Weipa for a visit.

You should be pleased to hear that a group of Weipa locals have been working towards getting artificial reefs constructed in our waters to help improve conservation, educated use, management and marine biodiversity.
It is still early stages and of course cutting through the red tape involved is taking time. We ask that you get behind this small cape community and show your support.

Right now you can head over and follow the facebook page, there you can find current news (there is some exciting news right now, show your support) and progress reports. In the very near future you will also find a link to a web site that will take over from the facebook page. The link below should take you there. Or search for 'Artificial Reef for Weipa'
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Murky waters: Understanding and responding to unprovoked shark bite

Nov 11, 2015 - 2:34 PM - by Daryl McPhee
A shark cull in northern New South Wales in response to the recent spate of unprovoked shark bites is not the short term answer to the problem, according to a Bond University shark expert.

Dr Daryl McPhee, Associate Dean of Research at Bond University, said it would take approximately 18 months to prepare the necessary documentation and undertake the consultation to meet the Commonwealth environmental assessment requirements, and would most likely be unsuccessful.

He will be delivering a keynote address into shark ecology and shark attack mitigation at Bond University's Research Week, running from November 16 to 20. The event is held annually to showcase the diverse research underway at the private Gold Coast University.

"When a series of shark bites occur at a particular location over a short period of time, the issue becomes a societal problem where the Government faces heavy pressure to intervene," said Dr McPhee.

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Anyone catching parrot fish and surgeonfish in Moreton Bay ?

Oct 28, 2015 - 10:48 AM - by Ben D
I have just been looking at a new paper which is extolling the virtues of green zones in Moreton Bay. It is by Olds et al. (2014) "Marine reserves help coastal ecosystems cope withextreme weather" Global Change Biology 20: 3050-3058. In it they say that coral reefs in green zones in Moreton Bay survived and recovered from the 2011 floods much better than reefs outside the green zones, and they reckon this is due to fishers taking herbivorous fish from the areas that remain fishable. The species they are talking about are blue barred parrotfish (Scarus ghobban) and surgeonfish/Australian sawtail (Prionurus microlepidotus), and they also mention happy moments (Siganus fuscescens). Populations of these were apparently higher in the green zones prior to the flood, and they are trying to say that fishing has affected the recovery of the reefs outside the green zone after the floods.

I am not convinced, as I have never heard of anyone targeting any of these... [Read More]
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