Viewing: December, 1992

Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Western Talma MLSSA

Species list: Bony fishes of Upper Spencer Gulf

Below is a list of fish species sighted by Society member Ian Healy in the Upper Spencer Gulf region prior to 1992. COMMON NAME FAMILY GENUS SPECIES Boarfish, Long-snouted Pentacerotidae Pentaceropsis recurvirostris Cardinal, Southern Apogonidae Vincentia conspersa Coral Fish Chaetodontidae Chelmonops truncatus Cowfish, Shaw’s Ostraciidae Aracana aurita Cowfish, Ornate Ostraciidae Aracana ornata Drummer, Silver Kyphosidae Kyphosus sydneyanus Flathead Platycephalidae Platycephalus Garfish... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Stanvac refinery MLSSA

Oil spills in St. Vincent’s Gulf in 1992

According to a report in The Advertiser earlier this year (1992), there had been a series of three oil spills at Port Stanvac over just a few months. The second spill resulted in a large fire. The third spill came from a rusty pipe on the refinery wharf. 400 litres of diesel caused a slick several hundred metres long and... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Upper Spencer Gulf - Google Earth

Upper Spencer Gulf Marine Life & Aquatic Reserves

I have kept an article from the 10th September 1985 issue of The News which gives details about the marine life of upper Spencer Gulf. Parts of this article are reproduced below:- The Iron Triangle girdles the fish-rich Spencer Gulf. This body of water, along with other gulf waters, is unique because of SA’s latitudinal position and lack of significant rainfall... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Stanvac refinery MLSSA

The use of chemical dispersants in oil spill clean-ups

Chemical dispersants are usually used on marine oil spills to break up the slick. These dispersants are largely Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether. They are so toxic that they may do more harm than to the environment than the oil spill itself. Fauna Rescue spokesperson Doug Reilly said that chemical dispersants could add to the dangers for fish and bird life.... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Bonython & Santos refinery 2011 Dan Monceaux

State Government enquiry into Port Bonython oil spill

The SA Government is conducting an enquiry into the Port Bonython oil spill and related matters. It is being held by the Environment, Resources and Development Committee. The enquiry will investigate the cause of the spill and the response to it, the potential for future spills in SA waters and plans to minimise similar tragedies occurring again. Submissions closed on... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Bonython & Santos refinery 2011 Dan Monceaux

Vic Neverauskas’ talk about the Port Bonython oil spill

Vic Neverauskas from the Department of Fisheries was our guest speaker at our November General Meeting. Vic is the Scientific & Development Co-ordinator for Fisheries. His topic was the impact and monitoring of the Spencer Gulf oil spill. He told us how the spill occurred and how it reached the Port Pirie mangroves. He told us that the oil spill... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Bonython & Santos refinery 2011 Dan Monceaux

The occurrence of chemical and oil spills in Upper Spencer Gulf in 1992

The waters of upper Spencer Gulf were subjected to two major spills during 1992. Marine life in the area was threatened as a result of both spills. The first spill occurred on the 7th of July 1992 when about 350 kilograms of chlorine leaked from a pipe at the Thomas Playford power station. This chemical spill killed fish in the... Read more

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Dec 1

December 1, 1992

Port Stanvac refinery MLSSA

Society’s concern over effects of oil spills 1980-1992

For many years the Marine Life Society of South Australia has been concerned about the effects of oil spills on our marine life. I recently scanned through my extensive collection of Society newsletters and journals in search of any references to oil spills. The earliest reference to oil spills that I found was in our September 1980 MARIA journal (Vol.1,... Read more

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