Southern Bluefin Tuna (Carl Charter)

Dan Monceaux’s submission to the Development Assessment Commission regarding Oceanic Victor’s marine aquarium proposal

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To the Secretary, members of the Development Assessment Commission and any interested parties, Please accept my personal submission in response to development number 010/V030/15 – a proposal for the development of an “in sea marine aquarium in Encounter Bay” made by Oceanic Victor Pty Ltd. I am providing this submission […]

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

Black Cowry (Zoila friendii thersites)

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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 […]

Sepia officinalis © Sebastian Niedlich CC BY-NC-SA 2

New research shows shipping sound impacts cuttlefish

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Cuttlefish become stressed when exposed to shipping sound and panic when exposed to loud, low-frequencies, according to two scientific papers published this year. The Marine Life Society of South Australia believes that these results should trigger increased research efforts into the impact of shipping noise on the Giant Australian cuttlefish aggregation at Point Lowly, […]

Buried Shovelnosed ray, Glenelg by Dan Monceaux MLSSA

Nocturnal observations around Glenelg marina and jetty

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While this weekend’s scorching hot temperatures kept my wife and I out of the sun for the most part, we couldn’t resist making a late night beach walk down at Glenelg. While the habitats there are highly modified due to breakwater and marina construction, dune removal for coastal development plus […]

Harlequin Fish

Harlequin Fish in peril in SA, still targeted

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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 […]

save our gulfs coalition art exhibition gallery shot 2013

Seeking artworks for ‘Sand, Sea & Obscenity’ art exhibition

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You are invited to participate in the third Save Our Gulfs Coalition (SOGC) Art Exhibition, which will be co-presented by the Marine Life Society of South Australia for the first time in 2014. The exhibition will launch at The Arts Centre, Pt Noarlunga (old Institute Building, Gawler St, Port Noarlunga) […]

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

Marine Life Society of South Australia slams cuttlefish acoustic impact study

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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 […]

The carbon footprint of dive tourism – are we loving our oceans to death?

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It is with mixed feelings that I frequently see people I know raving about their next dose of international ecotourism, be it diving with whales in Tonga or on tropical reefs in any of our Pacific island neighbours’ waters. On the one hand, I respect my peers enthusiasm for diving, […]