Trawl Grounds

What affect has fishing had on deepsea corals?4th March 2014

A project undertaken at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, and supervised by Dr Karen Miller [Reproduced in full from the project summary by the Australia and Pacific Science Foundation]. Seamounts are recognised as hotspots of biodiversity, but are...


Seafood contributes to Australia’s food security5th March 2013

Fears of a food crisis and violence were re-ignited internationally in August 2010 when the worst drought in 100 years destroyed a third of Russia's grain crop, prompting the government to ban wheat exports. This move to protect domestic supplies and keep prices low encouraged the Ukraine and Kazakhstan to follow suit. Subsequently, typhoons hit the rice paddy fields in the Philippines and bad wea...


Marine parks four times larger than national parks26th February 2013

A few facts about marine parks: • Before proclamation of the most recent Marine Reserves on 16 November 2012, the total area of Commonwealth Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) was almost 839,000 km2 (including the Great Barrier Reef network established between 1983 and 2004 and the 2006 South East Marine Reserve Network). After proclamation, the total area of the 60 Commonwealth marine ...