Viewing: Marine Protected Areas

Feb 4

February 4, 2016

Warning of hefty penalties for reef picking

That heading comes from PIRSA as part of a warning to fishers regarding rules for removing organisms  from intertidal reefs in SA. Reef Watch says that it gets quite a few reports from members of the public who have observed people taking organisms off intertidal reefs. The taking of marine organisms from intertidal reefs was banned along the shore of Gulf St Vincent (from Brighton jetty to Cape Jervis) in 1995. Details of the ban were mentioned in our April 1995…

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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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Oct 6

October 6, 2015

White shark by Terry Goss

How South Australian senators in Canberra have voted on increasing marine conservation

The below table, compiled in October 2015 shows how South Australian senators have voted in Canberra on the topic of increasing marine conservation. Matters voted upon pertaining to South Australia include super-trawlers, threatened species protection, seismic testing for oil and gas off Kangaroo Island, Commonwealth marine parks and a moratorium on the issuing of oil and gas leases. Many of the remaining national matters related to the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland. The analysis and the methodology behind these results is explained in detail at…

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Jul 17

July 17, 2015

Second Valley update

Spearfishing There is a spearfishing restriction at “Second Valley Bay”. It has been in place for over 23 years now. The restriction is listed in the “South Australian Recreational Fishing Guide” under “General Fishing Information/Fish Spear/Hand Spear/Powerheads”. It is also listed at http://pir.sa.gov.au/fishing/fishing_gear/permitted_devices . Signage at Second Valley in 2009 (Taken by Steve Reynolds) As I wrote in my blog , “A spearfishing ban at Second Valley was proclaimed in March 1992. Page 16 of the 2008 (& 2010) “SA…

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Jan 4

January 4, 2015

Black Cowry (Zoila friendii thersites) at Port Noarlunga - Dan Monceaux

Black Cowry (Zoila friendii thersites)

Yesterday, while snorkeling at the Port Noarlunga reef in near perfect conditions I was fortunate enough to encounter a South Australian endemic gastropod mollusk, the Black Cowry (Zoila friendii thersites). The animal I sighted was perched quite conspicuously on a large yellow/orange sponge in about three metres of water. I later discovered that a photograph taken by Greg Adams of one in the midst of laying eggs (also taken at Port Noarlunga) was published in October 2014 by ABC news. I was first made…

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Oct 19

October 19, 2014

Harlequin Fish

Harlequin Fish in peril in SA, still targeted

To the editor of The Sunday Mail, I note with dismay the anachronistic discrepancy of two items printed on page 69 in the Sunday Mail today (October 19, 2014). The first item, ‘Fishing Hot Spots with Jon Huie’ shows a trophy shot of a rare Harlequin Fish caught off Cape Jervis by an angler. The other item, ‘What’s On’ describes a planned beach cleanup and dolphin awareness activities under the heading: Sea Shepherd Adelaide Beach Activity Day at Brighton jetty and beach. The Harlequin Fish…

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Oct 2

October 2, 2014

Alan Paskett - Sepia apama, Black Point, 3-4m June 2014

Marine Life Society of South Australia slams cuttlefish acoustic impact study

The Marine Life Society of South Australia has condemned a recent study into the potential impact of shipping noise on the Giant Australian Cuttlefish aggregation claiming that the study is scientifically flawed and does not prove that shipping has not adversely affected the population. The Society is concerned that the report may be used to justify the approval of the Port Bonython Bulk Commodities Export Facility near Point Lowly this month. Following the report’s release in April, secretary Dan Monceaux…

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Jul 26

July 26, 2014

The Southern Rock Lobsters at Margaret Brock Reef

The sanctuary zone at Margaret Brock Reef is the only place I’ve dived in SA where I’ve seen large numbers of huge rock lobsters (along with prolific juveniles and all between). Until then, I’d wrongly believed the (with hindsight, small to medium) lobsters (up to approx. 3-4 Kg with regard to the few we ate each Xmas!) that I and my various dive buddies were seeing everywhere else in SA were actually big, quite mature lobsters. We were in fact…

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Oct 30

October 30, 2007

Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly - Paul Macdonald

Australian Giant Cuttlefish (Sepia apama)

Author: Dr Robert Browne, Seadragon Foundation Inc. Prelude: The document is an expanded excerpt for a “Conservation Guide” for the proposed BHP Billiton Desalination Plant at Port Bonython, Upper Spencer Gulf. The evolving “Conservation Guide” is available at (SFI 2007). http://www.seadragonfoundation.org/SFI%20Articles/Articles.htm The Australian giant cuttlefish (Sepia apama), protected syngnathids, recreational and commercial fish, and unique ecosystems are of significance to the sustainable management of marine biodiversity in the Port Bonython area (SFI 2007). Port Bonython is located on Point Lowly. The Australian…

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Dec 30

December 30, 2006

Giant Australian Cuttlefish, Point Lowly - Paul Macdonald

Sepia apama, the Giant Australian Cuttlefish of Whyalla, SA

Author: Evan John One of the most spectacular events of the natural marine world takes place annually between May and August in the reef areas of upper Spencer Gulf, around Black Point, Point Lowly and Fitzgerald Bay, north of the town of Whyalla, on Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Fig. 1. Sepia Apama It is here that the giant Australian cuttlefish, Sepia apama, migrate in the thousands to mate and spawn. The low rocky reef areas provide a hard rocky surface on…

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