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February 2012  |  Newsletter of the Marine Biodiversity Hub
Mars is melting, NASA website.  Photo: Thomas Williamson

Beyond the Census of Marine Life

Life in a Changing Ocean (LiCO), the successor to the Census of Marine Life, is being designed to ensure that discoveries made during the census are put to good use in policy and planning.

Early morning CPR retrieval, Southern Surveyor, 2010 (Photo: David McLeod)

Plankton survey offers cost-effective ocean monitoring

Since 2008, the Australian Continuous Plankton Recorder Survey (AusCPR) has crossed 110,000 kilometres of ocean and collected a new copepod species: kick-starting the first marine plankton baseline for Australia. Its expansion offers tailor-made opportunities to assess the status of the marine food web in key locations.

Bird hooked.  Photo credit:  Ed Melvin, NOAA; Jennifer Lavers. 2007

An offset path to bycatch reduction

Rodent eradication could be at least 10 times more cost effective than area closures in conserving seabird populations affected by Australia’s Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF).

Cap de Creus Canyon 3 dimensional model  IN Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat

Many good reasons for seabed mapping

A review of seabed studies has found that governments and regulators regard habitat mapping as a useful means of measuring and monitoring change in the marine environment.

Narcine.  Photo: Peter Last, CSIRO

Schisms amid sharks, rays and chimaeras

Australia’s Dusky Skate (Pavoraja umbrosa) occupies a pocket of continental slope off eastern Australia, far removed from its sister species the Sandy Skate (Pavoraja arenaria) in the Great Australian Bight, and Allen’s Skate (Pavoraja alleni) off Western Australia.