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Pacific Islanders Sail 11,000km to Deliver Message of Ocean Protection

November 19th, 2014 · No Comments · News

To a master traditional navigator like Tua Pittman from Raratonga in the Cook Islands, a canoe is much more than just a means of transport. “The canoe is our island, the crew members are the community and the navigator is the leader,” Pittman says. He continues, explaining that the converse is also true. “An island […]

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What Lies Beneath: Google Goes Below Surface to Show Sydney Marine Sites

November 13th, 2014 · 2 Comments · News

By James Woodford At lunchtime on Friday, with the click of a mouse on Google Street View, the entire world will be able to see what lies beneath the surface of 10 of Sydney’s most iconic marine locations. The Catlin Seaview Survey, a collaboration between an array of global partners including the University of Queensland, […]

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Wealth Blinds Us to Our Natural Treasures

November 13th, 2014 · No Comments · Blog

By James Woodford Earlier this year a friend of mine, Stuart Cohen, was invited as a volunteer for the International Union for Conservation of Nature to travel to Africa and then make his way, with rangers from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, to Mount Elgon National Park. For the armed team that accompanied Stuart, the presence […]

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbours (And Bigger Fish)

August 7th, 2012 · 1 Comment · Guest Viewpoint

  By Stuart Kininmonth Last month found me sailing to the coral sea reefs. I was in the middle of nowhere, not a care in the world; one kilometre of water underneath, no land or reefs for many miles and a fair wind giving life to the sails. As usual my thoughts drifted across the […]

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Marine Parks: locking in the future

April 28th, 2010 · 9 Comments · News

This week two of the nation’s leading fish scientists, Professor David Booth and Dr Will Figueira, representing the Australian Marine Sciences Association, gave evidence to the NSW Parliament on marine parks…here is an edited extract of their submission. Despite the claims by many critics of marine parks, there is at this point, overwhelming evidence that […]

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Cape York Paradise: Marine Parks Work

November 25th, 2009 · 8 Comments · Blog

A few weeks back I saw a local newspaper story that featured my local member of state parliament down on the NSW south coast, in a boat off Batemans Bay. He and a couple of local fishermen were grizzling about how hard it was to go fishing now there is a marine park in the […]

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MASSIVE NEW MARINE PARK FOR SYDNEY?

December 4th, 2008 · 30 Comments · News

  By JAMES WOODFORD A plan for a massive marine park stretching off Sydney’s coast, from Gosford in the north to the Royal in the south and three kilometres out to sea, will be launched today. The proposal by the National Parks Association of NSW(NPA) is ambitious, but, if successful, will lead to an overhaul […]

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PROFESSOR DAVID BOOTH TAKES ON MARINE PARK BULLY BOYS

May 22nd, 2008 · No Comments · News

David Booth Professor of Marine Ecology, UTS Chief Scientist, Sydney Institute of Marine Science You’d think from the rhetoric floating around debate on the validity of NSW marine parks of late that scientists were equivocal about their benefits. Some scientists have claimed that park establishment is politically driven, and there is no science behind them, […]

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