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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

CSIRO report on Lionfish

CSIRO Double Helix is a fantastic site for students and teacher interested in how things work.  One recent article describes Lionfish hunting strategies including invisibility tactics.

Lionfish hunting party

Lionfish wave their big side fins before a group hunt.
Image: Wikimedia Commons/Jens Petersen
In the warm tropical ocean around the Great Barrier Reef, the lionfish hunts. Venomous fins fan out to trap a school of smaller fish. The little fish look for an escape. But this lionfish is not hunting alone.
As we grow up, we learn to share, take turns and cooperate. Now it seems lionfish use the same skills for a more deadly purpose. New research shows lionfish hunt better when they cooperate with other lionfish, and that they share the meal evenly.
Lionfish are predators and use their long, stripy fins to corner prey. 
Click here to see more
Enjoy the adventures of Ed the Bear and his partner, Steve Savage, at a beautiful shingled salt marsh in Shoreham, UK (below). Like saltmarshes in Australia the hardy plants that live there can have stunning colours as well as providing essential environmental services for us.

You can view many more of our friend Ed's adventures at

Shoreham Beach

Hi All

Today I took Abby to my beach at Shoreham. I explained that the beach was a nature reserve because of the rare vegetated shingle habitat – special plants that grow in the pebbles. They can survive with little water, no soil and survive the strong winds, hot sun and salty sea spray.

Although Steve and the nature reserve team help to look after the plants and wildlife, they were concerned about how global issues such as climate change, sea level rise, increase in storms and other issues might affect this beach. This is why I started my global travels to visit scientists to find out what they know about the ocean and the damage humans are doing to the ocean. 

Off to Dungeness tomorrow to show Abby where some of the beach shingle travels to because of the sea and wave action. Sea defenses stop some the shingle moving so the beach doesn't get washed away

Monday, June 30, 2014

Marine debris collection: TomSea

There are lots of ways to do marine debris collection and we will highlight these from time to time. This clip demonstrates the one that TomSea have developed.


Mantas of the Great Barrier Reef

Manta Rays of the Great Barrier Reef BY Fabrice Jaine for the
2013 People's Choice Bommies Award

Friday, June 20, 2014

Maritime 14 - Ship to Shore, Melbourne 10-12 November

Registrations now open for Maritime 2014 - Ship to Shore.  Melbourne, Australia, 10-12 November 2014.
Australia’s inaugural national shipping and domestic commercial vessel conference
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority invites you to attend Australia’s inaugural national shipping and domestic vessel conference - Maritime 14: Ship to Shore.
Combining the knowledge and resources of Natship and the Marine Safety Conference, this event will provide a unique opportunity for people involved in both the shipping and domestic commercial vessel industries to discuss the latest maritime developments in regulations, safety, environment, seafarer qualifications, navigation and search & rescue.
With a concurrent exhibition, Maritime 2014 will provide a meeting place for industry representatives to exchange ideas and knowledge, as well as to establish personal and business connections.
Registrations are now open, for more information, please
As the inaugural event and a combination of two conference, Maritime 2014 is expected to draw a strong attendance from both the shipping and local commercial vessel industry. Conference participants will be keen to work together in discussing and raising issues involved with maritime operations across Australia
Aligning your organisation with this important conference ensures you continue to have a presence and are visibly involved with shaping the future of this industry.
Bookings for exhibition space and sponsorship are now open.  More information can be found on theMaritime 2014 website.   

Logo: Australian Government - Australian Maritime Safety Authority
Maritime 2014 is proudly organised by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
Maritime 2014 Event Team
GPO Box 2181
Tel: +61 (0)2 6279 5032
Tel: +61 (0)2 6279 5098

Monday, June 9, 2014

MERRI MARINE SANCTUARY SEMINAR, 21st June 2014, Warnambool, Vic

Reef Watch Merri Marine Seminar
Book your spot.Hi Friend, have you ever explored the Merri Marine Sanctuary near Warrnambool?
Its sandy bottom and rocky reef combine with oxygen-charged, nutrient rich waters to create a world brimming with marine life among giant kelp forests.
But how much do we really know about this sanctuary?
Join us for a two-day seminar in June and learn more about this incredible marine protected area – what we know, what we don’t know and how you can get involved!
Numbers are limited, and it's free, so you’ll need to book soon!
Day 1 – Saturday 21 June
• Percy Baxter Lecture Theatre, Deakin University, Warrnambool.
During the morning session hear from people who share a passion for the Merri Marine Sanctuary, with presentations from the Victorian National Parks Association’s Reef Watch program, Parks Victoria, Friends of Merri Marine Sanctuary, Coastcare/ Landcare, Daktari Dive and Mad 4 Merri.
In the afternoon discover the world of the largest animal on Earth as Dr Margie Morrice talks about her Blue Whale Study.
Gunditjmirring Traditional Owners will tell us about their connection to the area, and we will enjoy underwater footage of the local marine protected areas including the launch of the new Merri Marine Sanctuary video.
Saturday night guest speaker
Coastcare hosts this special night with guest speaker Associate Professor John Sherwood, who will share his passion and knowledge of the Merri River mouth and Warrnambool breakwater.
Please join us in the La Bella room at the Foreshore Pavilion. Supper will be provided, the talk starts at 7.30pm.
Day 2 – Sunday 22 June
• Merri Marine Sanctuary.
On Sunday we’ll get out and enjoy the Merri Marine Sanctuary with a ‘Seasearch’ intertidal monitoring session, a chance to learn more about the Reef Watch ‘feral or in peril’ program and the opportunity to take a dive or snorkel.

If you do plan to dive or snorkel it is essential to register with Daktari Dive Shop before June 13, phone them on 03 5562 4006.

This two day Reef Watch seminar is free but numbers are limited so please book early.
Lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

To book your spot and get the full agenda visit
Banner image: courtesy David Bryant, SEAPICS. Side image: courtesy Jane Bowman, OCEAN DIVERS.
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Thursday, May 22, 2014


Australian Ambassador Jenny Bloomfield and Embassy staff, Athens

AUSMEPA is proud of its marine educational profile at home and abroad.

Here find a surprise photo submitted by staff at the Australian Embassy in Athens showing their support for AUSMEPA's marine environmental education and highlighting calendars and posters. Thanks very much!

The Australian Ambassador to Greece, Jenny Bloomfield, along with AUSMEPA's Chairman, Rightship CEO, Warwick Norman, will participate in this year’s Posidonia 2014 International Shipping Exhibition in Athens from 2-6 June which will be attended by over 60 delegations including Australia. 

AUSMEPA commends the shipping industry for its support for marine environmental education and action through their support of a network of Marine Environmental Protection Associations throughout the world. 

For instance, ships who qualify for AUSMEPA's ship membership stand up as iconic inspiration to their peers. By flying the AUSMEPA flag they announce their commitment to captaining ships of quality who meet international safety and environmental standards.