Great Pacific Garbage Patch plastic removal system could become ‘world’s biggest piece of marine debris’, critics say – Science News

Great Pacific Garbage Patch plastic removal system could become ‘world’s biggest piece of marine debris’, critics say – Science News

In 2012, an 18-year-old Dutch entrepreneur told a TEDx audience he was designing a device to clean-up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Boyan Slat’s idea sounded like a novel concept that would quickly succumb to the insurmountable logistical issues of cleaning up 1.6 million square kilometres of plastic in deep, …

School students testing the water in Tasmania for a career in marine biology

School students testing the water in Tasmania for a career in marine biology

Posted April 21, 2018 08:10:53 Video: Students snorkelling off Maria Island (ABC News) Related Story: ‘Extreme’ heatwave recorded in Tasman Sea breaks records Teenagers from every state and territory in Australia are in Tasmania seeing if they have what it takes to become a marine scientist. The secondary school students …

Coral on the Great Barrier Reef was ‘cooked’ during 2016 marine heatwave, study finds

Coral on the Great Barrier Reef was ‘cooked’ during 2016 marine heatwave, study finds

Updated April 19, 2018 05:25:30 Photo: A researcher surveys damage on the Great Barrier Reef following the March 2016 mass coral-bleaching event. (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies: Gergely Torda) Related Story: Severe coral bleaching hits two-thirds of Great Barrier Reef, aerial surveys show Related Story: New coral …

Plastic pollution is killing our marine wildlife. Here are a few ways you can help

Plastic pollution is killing our marine wildlife. Here are a few ways you can help

Updated April 12, 2018 10:20:18 Photo: These items washed up on a remote far north Queensland beach in 2016. (Supplied: Tangaroa Blue) Plastic pollution is a huge problem for marine wildlife. According to the World Wildlife Fund, 80 per cent of marine pollution is generated by land-based activities and it’s …

Meet the marine pilots who guide enormous ships into Sydney Harbour

Meet the marine pilots who guide enormous ships into Sydney Harbour

Updated April 03, 2018 11:44:03 Video: ‘Every time I go out I can’t help but take photographs’ (ABC News) Captain Jonathan Drummond is descending a rope ladder hanging from a 70,000 tonne cargo ship, while waves of up to six metres break around him. He’s just taken navigational control of …

Labor and Greens keep up the fight against Coalition’s marine park plans | Environment

Labor and the Greens have launched a fresh attempt to disallow controversial new marine park management plans proposed by the Turnbull government last week, bowling up individual motions to boost the chances of scuttling at least part of the proposal. A first attempt to disallow the management plans failed on …

Labor and Greens fail in first attempt to disallow Coalition’s marine park plans | Environment

A first attempt by Labor and the Greens to disallow controversial new marine park management plans proposed by the Turnbull government last week has failed in the Senate after the government flipped the order of business and brought on the chamber debate. The Turnbull government on Tuesday night pulled its …

Marine heatwave recorded in Tasman Sea breaks records, prompts joint climate report

Marine heatwave recorded in Tasman Sea breaks records, prompts joint climate report

Posted March 27, 2018 19:08:36 Photo: Warm water events have taken their toll on Tasmania’s kelp forests. (Mick Baron: Eaglehawk Dive Centre) Related Story: Tasmanian marine heatwave longest since records began Related Story: Abalone industry heading for collapse without urgent action, warn veteran divers The Tasman Sea experienced a “marine …