The continuing demise of Australia’s threatened species #marineexplorer by John Turnbull
Whilst Australia has a process for listing threatened species, there is no longer a requirement for threatened species to have a recovery plan, nor is the government required to act on plans if they do exist. Even when a plan is written, we don’t monitor whether it is implemented. www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/mar/20/no-clue-envir…
Ocean Mimic – recycled plastic swimwear saving the oceans:
These Ocean Mimic bodysuits have me all 🥰- who can’t get on board with a good business solution to an environmental problem.
Ocean Mimic interviewed me for a piece on women in marine conservation, and I’ve been following them closely ever since. They haven’t paid me to promote this, I’m just honestly a huge fan!
Sales from their recycled plastic swimwear fund clean up activities to get people started on the journey to reducing plastic and if that wasn’t cool enough, the designs are a-m-a-z-i-n-g mimics of ocean life.
I’m in for the Mandarin Fish (2nd from left) 😍but you can choose from orca, whale shark, parrot fish, clown trigger fish, clownfish, coral or plastic (my 2nd fave design).
Even if you don’t put in pledge, put a little positivity in your day and spend 3 minutes checking out their Kickstarter video (see link above) and get inspired by what two ladies with big ocean dreams and heaps of hard work have achieved. And spread the word, because this is the answer for any woman (like me!) sick of only having the choice of black or pink for diving swimwear.
Please stop what you are doing and look at these baby Lionfish!
Lionfish in Atlantic = invasive = problem.
Lionfish in Pacific = native = not a problem.
📷s by Steven Kovacs
Marine reserves need to be sanctuary in order to work #marineexplorer by John Turnbull
Marine reserves have a range of zoning rules, from sanctuary (no-take) to reserves that allow some fishing (partial protection). Do all of these work? Numerous studies, from regional to global, conclude that marine reserves have to be sanctuary zone to be effective. In most cases, partial protection is no better than no protection at all. Read this study for example rdcu.be/IuoS
First known omnivorous shark species identified:
I don’t think we’ll ever know the true depth of the ocean’s mysteries!
Fish don’t care for Facebook #marineexplorer by John Turnbull
As people spend more and more time on social media, we run the risk of thinking that’s where reality lies. But fish don’t care for Facebook – they care for habitat and water to live in, finding food and a mate, and not being eaten. The human footprint on earth is now so large that we have to accept the role of stewards – whether we like it or not – and future generations will judge us by what we do in the real world.
Sharing our much-loved coastline #marineexplorer by John Turnbull
85% of Australians live within 50 km of the coast. Our coastal lifestyle faces increasing pressures from climate change, urbanisation, pollution, unsustainable use of resources and more. As the human footprint increases, we have to accept our role as stewards of our world – whether we like it or not. This means more active management, and keeping an open mind to changes that are necessary to conserve the very lifestyle we love
The strong science of marine reserves #marineexplorer by John Turnbull
At a time when self-interested minorities seem to command the headlines, it’s worth remembering that the science behind marine reserves is strong, and supported by the vast majority of marine ecologists and scientists. For example www.amsa.asn.au/sites/default/files/AMSA-ACRS_Concensus%2…
Crab in camo – Sponge Decorator Crab – Hyastenus elatus #marineexplorer by John Turnbull
Crab in camo gear – can you see it? Decorator crabs have special hooks on their carapace that allow them to attach sponges, which then grow to cover the crab. To see a close up, scroll to the next picture. Clifton Gardens jetty.