Do you fish, surf, spear-fish, snorkel, dive, swim or do anything related to the ocean around the bottom half of Australia? Seen any sea turtles? Recently when chatting to PhD Candidate Rochelle Ferris I found out these turtle observations are really useful! Continue reading
Matt doing some recent BRUV studies
This month; There is lots of underwater video sampling happening at fish thinkers, guest blogger Zoologist Jones drops in (check out Stefs blog here !), nudi naming, sci comm wins and a new open access tracking paper…
Rubbish on the sea bed. Petr Kratochvil
June Fishbits: Going plastic free for the sea, bridging the divide between different interest groups, and writing our science heaps
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Communicating science to the general public is often said to be where many scientists fail to shine, but things are changing rapidly as researchers start to reach out to the broader community – not just to other scientists. It is great to see scientific groups like the Australian Society for Fish Biology pushing the science communication side of things—and they recently opened their inaugural Student Science Communication Awards. Being fish nerds keen on improving our #scicomm we had to get a few entries in there. Continue reading
Anchovies hunted by Trevally in Moofushi Kandu, Maldives. Credit: Bruno de Giusti
Sink up to your gills in our May Fishbits! Fish with legs (long ones!), comparing yourself to a shark, and a World Oceans Day event.
We as consumers, particularly in western countries, are pretty boring when it comes to our seafood. Given the diversity of fish in our oceans this seems pretty strange. It’s like our taste buds are only fond of a handful of species such as tuna, cod, salmon, flake etc. But our obsession for these fish (majority of which are apex predators), has resulted in many of their stocks becoming overfished and deterioration of the ecosystems in which they live in. So it’s time we started mixing things up in terms of what seafood we catch, order, buy and cook!! This leads me to today’s guest post by Lauren Yates of Ponytail Journal. Lauren runs a super successfully blog covering all things from fashion, food and travel. When it comes to cooking, Lauren is a huge advocate of using sustainable seafood, regularly encouraging her followers to steer clear of the ‘trendy’ species that are overexploited and explore more sustainable options. Read her post below on why salmon can’t be on the menu anymore… Continue reading
Coral reef ecosystem at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Photo credit: Jim Maragos/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Here are your April fishbits: How to be a modern ecologist, getting addicted to stats and new coral reefs!