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Mar 18

March 18, 2017

Jessie Hussey’s contribution to the knowledge of SA’s marine flora

According to the web page found at http://know.ourplants.org/news/jessey-hussey-inspires-school-teachers/  Jessie Hussey made a “significant and pioneering contribution to the knowledge of South Australia’s terrestrial and marine flora during the 1890s. She became a respected collaborator of many leading national and international botanists and phycologists”. According to the web page found at http://www.cpbr.gov.au/biography/hussey-jessie.html , Jessie Hussey was recruited by Baron Ferdinand von Mueller in 1893 to collect marine algae specimens in the Encounter Bay area. She sent large numbers of algae (and…

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Jan 17

January 17, 2017

Reef Watch turns 20 – monitoring dives planned

Reef Watch is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. They are inviting divers to take part in monitoring dives: – “Never dived with Reef Watch before and unsure about what we do? Come along for a few dives and learn how to ID our wonderful marine animals and how you can help us with simple diving surveys. Reef Watch dives and training is free (but sorry, we can’t teach you how to dive). Here are some dates of the next…

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Oct 26

October 26, 2016

Bernard C. Cotton – former Curator of Molluscs at the SA Museum

Bernard C. Cotton was a Curator of Molluscs at the SA Museum in North Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia. According to “Australia’s Spectacular Cowries” by Barry Wilson and Peter Clarkson (mlssa 1069), Bernard “wrote many scientific papers and semi-technical articles on southern Australian molluscs.” According to “Kingdom of the Seashell” by R.Tucker Abbott, Bernard wrote three volumes of a South Australian identification guide titled “South Australian Mollusca” from 1940-1961. According to “Fishes and Shells of the Pacific World” by John T…

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Aug 14

August 14, 2016

MLSSA replaced the SA Museum Underwater Research Group

Our Society celebrated its 40th anniversary this year. Next year we can celebrate our 60th! That’s if we take the word of our Patron & Life Member, Dr Scoresby Shepherd. He says that MLSSA, formerly MARIA (SA Branch), followed on from the SA Museum Underwater Research Group. The Museum URG was established in 1957. It was part of many international URGs which commenced in France in 1945 (meaning that we indirectly reached our 70th anniversary last year). The first URG was established…

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May 27

May 27, 2016

Tumby Bay Author, Eric Kotz

Tumby Bay author, Eric Kotz self-published his second book in February 2016. It is titled “The Jawsome Coast”, sub-titled “A Social History of Australia’s Southern Coastline and the Effect on it of the Great White Shark, its Conservation ‘Industry’ and Shark Tourism”. We assisted Eric in presenting his new book at a meeting of the Underwater Explorer’s Club of SA on 6th April. I attended that meeting to hear Eric speak about the book and I was able to purchase…

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Mar 2

March 2, 2016

A discovery by researchers from Flinders University enables the removal of mercury from water & soil

ABC TV’s “Catalyst” program recently discussed mercury levels in fish. They reported that fish are a healthy source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, but high mercury levels in fish can be a problem. At very high concentrations, mercury has a profound toxic effect on human beings. It is hoped that a new invention can help with the mercury problem. One of the most toxic forms of mercury is methylmercury. It consists of one mercury atom bonded to one carbon…

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Jan 8

January 8, 2016

Reef Life Survey’s Annual Report for 2015

We recently received a copy of Reef Life Survey’s Annual Report for 2015. We have added it to the report for the previous year. The 2015 report is available at http://reeflifesurvey.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/RLSF_AnnualReport_2015_FINAL_301115.pdf . Our Patron, Dr Scoresby Shepherd recently retired as a member of Reef Life Survey Foundation’s board. RLS present the Scoresby Shepherd Awards for Outstanding Voluntary Contributions to Reef Life Survey. These annual awards are named in honour of Scoresby as he is a “key benefactor of The Reef…

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Jan 8

January 8, 2016

ADELAIDE & MOUNT LOFTY RANGES NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT BOARD’s 2014-15 ACHIEVEMENT REPORT

We recently received the latest Achievement Report from the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board (AMLRNRMB). The 2014-15 Achievement Report has now been filed alongside reports for the past two years (mlssa 2321). According to Prof. Chris Daniels, Presiding Member for the AMLRNRMB, 2014-15 “marks the first year of delivery under the board’s new 10 year strategic natural resources management plan for the region”. A glance through the report reveals sections on topics such as biodiversity, coast…

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Sep 5

September 5, 2015

The work of Edgar Waite (& his Rainbow Cale painting)

According to Wikipedia, “Heteroscarus acroptilus, the Rainbow Cale, is a species of weed whiting endemic to Australia where it is found in marine waters along the southern coast. It inhabits rocky reefs that have plentiful growth of brown algae and also in beds of seagrass, particularly those of the genus Posidonia. It occurs at depths of from 1 to 15 metres (3.3 to 49.2 ft). This species grows to a length of 24 centimetres (9.4 in). It can also be found in the aquarium trade. This species is…

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Oct 15

October 15, 2014

wetland shorebirds - Dan Monceaux

Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary talk with Tony Flaherty, October 16

This month’s Port Environment Forum is on Thursday the 16th at 7pm, at the Port Adelaide Town Hall (entry off Nile St). The topic will be the Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary, with guest speaker Dr Tony Flaherty (Coast and Marine Manager for the Adelaide region. Tony was recently announced as the recipient of the Conservation Council’s 2014 Unsung Hero Award. This should be an excellent and informative talk about the closure of the saltfields north of Adelaide, their importance to the many thousands of…

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