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Pulling Back the Big Blue Curtain: big fish and big parks BUSSELTON

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The Goose

Geographe Bay Road

Busselton, WA 6280

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Prof Jessica Meeuwig 2019 Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering’s Eminent Speaker to share conservation-driven research

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Oceans are fundamental to life on planet “earth”. Over 70% of our blue planet’s surface is water; every 2nd breath we take is oxygen produced by the sea; and our food security depends on protein caught from the ocean. Yet humans are rapidly transforming our oceans and not in a good way. Globally, we are literally emptying the oceans of fish, including sharks.

In Western Australia, key species such as western rock lobster, dhufish and herring have become so depleted that catch has been cut by half to allow stocks to rebuild. In the face of these challenges, marine parks, areas where marine life is protected from fishing, are increasingly established given the wealth of scientific evidence of the positive benefits of protection for coastal marine biodiversity, abundance and biomass in protected areas.

Australia has now established large marine parks in our offshore “big blue” waters and the question is: how does ocean wildlife respond to protection? We are exploring this question by deploying non-destructive baited video cameras in offshore waters to identify, count and measure ocean wildlife. This is a window onto our new marine parks and our progress to rebuilding ocean health.

This public lecture will share the results of our research expeditions across 11 of Australia’s new marine parks from the Kimberley to Esperance, pulling back the blue curtain on the state of ocean wildlife in this region.

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