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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION: 4th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, 3rd-6th May 2016, Hobart TASMANIA

This Symposium is a gathering of the world’s leading experts in a rapidly developing frontier of research dealing with the science of ocean acidification.

This is the first time the Symposium will be held in the Southern Hemisphere and will highlight the importance of ocean acidification for the region. The symposia typically attract over 500 participants and are prime networking events, bringing together researchers, students, and government and industry representatives.

Abstracts are due by 4 November and can be submitted via the online presentation portal.

Symposium Themes

We particularly encourage submissions that are designed to make progress and stimulate critical thinking and debate in any of the conference theme sessions listed below.
A detailed description for each theme area can be found on thewebsite.
  • Organism responses to Ocean Acidification
  • Ecological effects of Ocean Acidification
  • Changing carbonate chemistry of the Ocean
  • Advances in Ocean Acidification research and monitoring
  • Ocean Acidification and society – economics and food security
  • Mitigation of Ocean Acidification
  • Ocean Acidification and the increasingly crowded ocean – global change multistressors

Open Workshops

A series of workshops that will amplify some of main themes of the Oceans in a High CO2 World Symposium will take place prior to or after the main meeting.
These less formal workshops will comprise oral presentations, discussion sessions and in some cases hands-on practical sessions.

Visit the website for workshop overviews:
  • Coral reefs in a high CO2 world – Heron Island
    27-30 April 2016
  • xFOCE systems: present status and future developments workshop
    28-29 April 2016
  • Chemical, biological, and statistical considerations for ocean acidification experiments
    28 and 29 April (Thursday and Friday) and 2 May (Monday)
  • Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) Workshop
    8-10 May 2016
  • The fate of “Sea Butterfly” in the high CO2 world: finalising the role of pteropod as bio-indicators of ocean acidification
    9-10 May 2016
  • Multiple stressors and marine biota
    9-11 May 2016

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Kids Investigating Sea Solutions (KISS)

Kids Investigating Sea Solutions

If you want to discover some of the amazing things about the sea, what makes it wonderful, how you can contribute to keeping it safe for the plants, animals and organisms that live there, you may want to watch these pages for news, art and information.

Here are some of the KISS craft ideas that teachers loved at the teachers resource exhibition in Brisbane.

BOOK: Global warming and climate change: what Australia knew and buried - then framed a new reality for the public

Here is a book that may be of special interest to those who have followed the climate change and green house story over the last 25yrs.  For high school teachers it represents a wealth of information for framing a debate.

Guide to the Sea Snakes of the Kimberley Coast of Western Australia

Ruchira Somaweera · Kate Sanders

This guide illustrates all know species and also summarises information on their biology and conservation. Some of these species even occur in Perth waters, mostly as vagrants.

Printed copies are available through the Department of Parks and Wildlife

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fresh-water algae for “organic” food ingredient production in cities

Algae farming for food ingredients is coming to cities. It is an important part of future urban aquaponics.  

Qponics Limited directors are now planning to hold a breakfast lecture meeting soon at the Brisbane Technology Park Conference Centre to further outline a joint venture now planned for fresh-water algae for “organic” food ingredient production in Brisbane, Australia, and in the United Kingdom. 

The latest news release (click here) outlines what Dr Graeme Barnett, CEO and Managing Director of  Qponics Limited, will be talking about – fresh-water, urban algae farming for vegetarian-quality omega-3 oils and proteins grown from clean organic wastes and from clean carbon dioxide wastes.

So, next year Brisbane warehouses close to suppliers of waste organic matter and waste carbon dioxide, will start to have algae production plants.

For more information visit

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Irukandji Jellyfish

World's deadliest fishing - Irukandji Jellyfish

The Nature of Science

Monday, July 27, 2015

50 Shades of Nudibranch by Earth Touch

Those readers who love nature will find Earth Touch a great place to visit online at
and they even have a Wild Oceans section with interesting collections like this one.

Well done, Earth Touch and Wild Oceans.