1 March 2016

The 2016 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest

The Atlantic PHOTO
24 February 2016

The organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year have just announced their winning photos for 2016

Speartooth Shark pup - please handle and release with care (credit: Charlotte Klempin)
26 February 2016

Protected River Sharks and Sawfish in the Northern Territory

Fishers who are lucky enough to experience a close encounter with one of our protected sawfish or river shark species are meeting with some of the most interesting inhabitants of our northern waterways.

Steephead parrotfish.  Image AIMS Long Term Monitoring Program
12 February 2016

Most vulnerable tropical reef fish identified in new study

In a world where fish biodiversity is on the decline, highly vulnerable species have been given a major boost after scientists identified why some species are absent from reefs in the Indian and Pacific oceans. Incorporating this knowledge into conservation strategies will help to reduce human impact on species loss.

Coral Sea, Reef Life Survey.  Image Rick Stuart-Smith, UTAS
11 November 2015

Citizen scientists change understanding of how global warming affects marine biodiversity

11 November 2015, London

A new study by University of Tasmania researchers and international collaborators has found that a key element of future changes in the distribution of marine biodiversity resulting from ocean warming is not as closely related to local warming rates as previously assumed.

Published today in the prestigious international journal Nature, the research shows that the proportion of fish and invertebrate species expected to disappear from ...

Banded coral shrimp and Reef Life Survey diver at Lord Howe Island.
28 October 2015

Minister dives into Marine Biodiversity Hub

Australia’s Environment Minister, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, joined University of Tasmania scientists and volunteer divers on a Reef Life Survey at Tinderbox Marine Reserve south of Hobart today.

After the dive, the Minister joined UTAS Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Rathjen, at Hobart’s Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies to launch the Marine Biodiversity Hub, one of six hubs funded under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP).

The NESP is a six-...

Great Hammerhead shark.  Credit: Andy Murch, Oceanwide Images
27 October 2015

Why is a predator perfected by millions of years suddenly unfit for the sea?

Hammerhead sharks have declined in number by more than 90% in parts of world, and their conservation is high on the global agenda. In Australia, three hammerhead species are being considered for listing under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

A new Marine Biodiversity Hub project is supporting the listing process by investigating the sharks’ population structure in Australian and neighbouring nations. Where appropriate, the project will work with...

Nick Perkins, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTAS
27 October 2015

Precision scoring for deep reef imagery

From his desktop at Taroona south of Hobart, Nick Perkins has a great view of reef habitats that lie beyond the reach of scuba.

For his PhD with the Marine Biodiversity Hub and University of Tasmania, and his masters’ research before it, Nick has viewed hundreds of thousands of images snapped by the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sirius.

As well as mapping reef communities during these epic stop-motion adventures, Nick is devising ways of analysing AUV imagery...

NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub Final Report 2011-2015
5 September 2015

NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub final report published

The 2011-2015 Final Report of the National Environmental Research Program Marine Biodiversity Hub is available online and in hard copy. The dynamic, searchable website includes photos, videos, maps and animations showcasing more than 40 research projects and can be browsed by region or research topic. Read the newsletter...

NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub and IMAS Scientist Neville Barrett
11 March 2015

AUV provides imagery to assess southern marine reserve

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, 11 March 2015

NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub scientists have been evaluating the benefits of no-take protection (ie no fishing) on deep reef systems of Tasmania’s wild southwest coast.  Working from the Australian Maritime College's flagship vessel Bluefin, they have just returned from Maatsuyker Island off southern Tasmania.  The team of scientists and support staff relied on an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to...


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