Monthly Fishbits – March 2016

Blackaxil Pullers, Chromis atripectoralis, at Lord Howe Island Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

Blackaxil Pullers, Chromis atripectoralis, at Lord Howe Island Source: Andrew J. Green / Reef Life Survey. License: CC by Attribution

 

March Fishbits: talking molluscs, eco-friendly (and not so friendly!) gifts, and citizen science fun.

Matt

Learn all about the weird and wonderful lives of molluscs in this excellent podcast featuring Prof. Ross Coleman which aired on FBI radio over the weekend (scroll to the bottom of the page).

If you haven’t heard already, the Great Barrier Reef is undergoing severe coral bleaching. Learn more about it here and to follow live updates on the reef’s health via Prof. Terry Hughes, who is one of world’s leading coral biologists.

Finally, there is a new contender for the most environmentally harmful, stupid and unnecessary product created since the disposable coffee pod. The product is Play Pellets, an alternative to sand that allows your child to play in hundreds/thousands of plastic pellets!! Doesn’t make sense to me, these plastic pieces will find their way to the ocean if the kids don’t eat them first. Whatever happened to just playing in the dirt.

Lachlan

My type of Easter egg- thanks Dr Keith

Take a look at a really cool citizen science project: the Feather map of Australia– collect feathers from you local wetlands and help scientists track waterbirds!

Photo: Sirachai Arunrugstichai @shinalodon for VMARC National Geographic Thailand. A team of researchers collect the body measurement of a Giant freshwater whipray, which was accidentally caught by local fishermen from the Mae Klong River in the Amphawa district of Thailand. This species is endangered, with habitat loss and overfishing being the main threats it faces. Researchers are hoping to gain insights on the biology of this gigantic ray to conserve the remaining population in the Thai riverine ecosystems. #himantura #polylepis #giantfreshwaterwhipray #ray #elasmobranch #conservation #thailand #natgeo #fish #asia #nikon #photography #photojournalism #nature #wildlife #science #research #education #awareness

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Sirachai Shin Arunrugstichai took the photo above and recently become one of two Save Our Seas Foundation’s 2016 Marine Conservation Photography Grant winners.

You and see more of his awesome work on his site http://www.shinsphoto.com/ . Take a look! You won’t be disappointed.

 

Evie

Check out the Women of Science special at the National Press Club. Some seriously impressive and inspirational women scientists there! It’s really interesting to see prominent scientists working on bringing more diversity into science.

Some recent studies have shown the controversial news that sea ice melt is occurring at even higher rates than expected and sea levels may rise by more than 1 metre by 2100. The accuracy of projections depend a lot on our actions in the coming decades.

Luckily we’ve recently been getting an in depth look into how the younger generations view their environment, and they seem pretty switched on. So we might be in better hands than we realise! Keep an eye out next week for the launch of Fish Thinkers Kids-  youthful scientific insights and a look into good ways to get people interested in ecology!

 

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