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April 2012  |  Newsletter of the Marine Biodiversity Hub
database and maps 26 potential ecologically and biologically significant areas Western South Pacific (SPREP, Fiji, Nov 2011).  Photo:  CSIRO

Mapping marine conservation in the South Pacific

CSIRO, through its work with the NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub, is supporting Australia’s regional interests and the Secretariat of the UN Convention on Biodiversity (SCBD) by helping to lay the groundwork for marine conservation in the South Pacific.

Heading out to hunt, Macquarie Island.  Photo: Chris Crera

Predicting the success of predator eradication

Burrowing seabirds are returning to Macquarie Island following the eradication of cats and a blitz on mice, rats and rabbits.

Photo:  Coral reef.  Copyright AIMS

Where surrogates are no substitute

Biological surrogates are overrated as a guide to ‘predicting’ biodiversity, according to an analysis of surrogate effectiveness in marine systems.

Isidid gorgonians (Keratoisis spp) and anemones at 2540 m. Jason dive, 2009.  Image:  Ron Thresher, CSIRO

Newfound oasis may run deep in Southern Ocean

An unexpected oasis has been discovered in a deep, rocky seamount environment south of Tasmania. The density and biomass of organisms in this deep sea community is 10 times greater than previously reported in this depth range, prompting a rethink on the ecological importance of such regions.

Walking on your hands. Pink handfish.  Copyright: Karen Gowlett-Holmes

Spinning knowledge to and from the Hub

The NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub has a two-way communication program to guide and promote its research. The program fosters engagement with stakeholders (such as managers and policymakers), collaboration with the broader marine research community and the promotion of research achievements.