Scientists called on to save seagrass for dugongs

The best scientific minds are being called on to rehabilitate seagrass beds off central Queensland, where a number of turtle and dugong deaths remain distressingly high.

Queensland dugongs 'starving to death'

Miranda Forster More dugongs have died this year than in all of 2010 because of Queensland's summer of disasters.

Dugongs say happy birthday

Having hosted more than 21 million visitors since opening in 1988 Sydney Aquarium is now celebrating its own 21st.

Mining bigger threat to reef than agriculture, says scientist

The Great Barrier Reef

Bridie Smith Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, says one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality will...

Mining dwarfs farming as threat to health of Great Barrier Reef, marine scientist warns

The Great Barrier Reef

Bridie Smith Mining poses a greater threat to the health of the Great Barrier Reef than agriculture, according to one marine scientist who has cast doubt on the federal government's prediction that water quality...

Great Barrier Reef: Governments say world heritage site not in danger from development

Tom Arup Australia has argued it is making substantial progress on the United Nations' requests for better protection of the Great Barrier Reef and that it should not be listed among world heritage sites ''in...

Great Barrier Reef 'facts' TV ads ignore dredge dumping risks

Jon Brodie, James Cook University New “Reef Facts” commercials are currently airing during prime-time television shows in Australia, purporting to tell the “facts” about the environmental health of the Great...

The Great Barrier Reef: Just unwell or terminally ill?

Michael Green Starfish, cyclones, chemicals. If things continue the way they are, the Great Barrier Reef won't be great for much longer.

Burke blocks push for Ningaloo oil exploration

OCean near the Ningaloo Reef could be opened for oil and gas drilling.

Tom Arup A proposal to explore for oil and gas next to the World Heritage protected Ningaloo Reef has been blocked under national environment law.

Five pieces of rubbish per person on our beaches

Photograph Simon O'Dwyer. The Age. 080311. Photograph Shows. L-R Students from Geelong's Clonard College students spent a day with CSIRO scientist Denise Hardesty and memebrs of earth Watch collecting data about the amount of rubbish on our beachs and where the rubbish comes from. Photograph taken on Breamlea Beach.

Bridie Smith CSIRO survey highlights the proliferation of debris.

Fears for reef over port developments

Great Barrier Reef.

Tom Allard Much of the Great Barrier Reef is continuing to degrade, especially areas closest to the mainland, where new port developments are awaiting approval from the federal government.

Poor report card on reef's health

An assessment of the Great Barrier Reef confirmed it was facing some difficulties.

Tom Allard Much of the Great Barrier Reef is continuing to degrade, especially in the inner areas where a slew of new port developments are proposed and waiting approval from the federal government.

Cruel indigenous hunters to face penalties

Queensland Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders using cruel hunting methods will no longer be immune from prosecution.

Do the Shark Walk and come face-to-fin with some sharp critters

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore explores the new SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium.

Steve Jacobs Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore has opened the doors to SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium, following its $10 million, nine-month overhaul.

Demand for tonic endangers giant rays

TRA 5 JUN 10. North Stradbroke island, Qld. Manta Ray. Supplied by iStock Photos. OK to archive

Tom Arup THEY are the gentle giants of the ocean, weighing as much as 1400 kilograms, but an emerging Chinese medicine market for gill rakers is threatening global populations of giant manta rays.

Indigenous rangers spread the word

This is Indigenous rangers in the Central Land Council region assisting with a feral camel muster in central Australia at Undurana, NT, in May, 2012.  There are around 1 million feral camels in central Australia doing massive damage to sensitive areas as they eat just about every available plant, including threatened species habitat and valuable wetlands. Rangers are helping to control their numbers, some are humanely culled and some are exported to Saudi Arabia for racing camel stock. A few are sold for pet meat but there is no serious market for camel meat in Australia. Pic credit: Central Land Council

Saffron Howden BETWEEN this week and next, Phillip McCarthy will swap 30-degree heat, bushfires and dugongs for the spruce and pines of Canada's vast Boreal forest in sub-zero temperatures.

Sea Shepherd opposes call for shark cull


Sea Shepherd strongly opposes the West Australian government's call for a shark cull following shark attacks in the state. The organisation's Australia director Jeff Hansen explains why.

Fishing ban lifted in Gladstone Harbour

Gladstone Harbour fishermen will be back on the water from midnight after authorities lifted a three-week ban sparked by the discovery of sick fish.

Don't panic over turtle deaths: ecologist

There is no need to panic over the spike in turtle deaths along Queensland's coast, an ecologist says.

Turtles and unexploded bombs prove to be happy bedfellows

A Flat Back turtle lays her eggs in the sand dunes on Bare Sand Island next to a UXO marker left by the Dept of Defense on Saturday night , a former RAAF bombing range off the NT coast, the island is undergoing UXO clearance and will revert to become a prominent turtle hatchery.
Pic Glenn Campbell

Deborah Smith This dry season, the cycle of life has continued as normal for the flatback sea turtles that nest on Bare Sand Island, a deserted patch of sand dunes off the coast west of Darwin.