Dirk Zeller named Australia’s Top Researcher in his field for 2021

Dirk Zeller named Australia’s Top Researcher in his field for 2021

Dirk Zeller named Australia’s Top Researcher in his field for 2021

Dr. Dirk Zeller.

Dirk Zeller, Director of the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean and Professor of Marine Conservation in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Western Australia has been named Australia’s Top Researcher in the field of Marine Sciences and Fisheries (Life Sciences category) by The Australian’s 2021 Research Magazine.

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As fishing effort grows, catches decline in the Mozambique Channel region

As fishing effort grows, catches decline in the Mozambique Channel region

As fishing effort grows, catches decline in the Mozambique Channel region

Artisanal fishers in Mozambique. Photo by Stig Nygaard, Flickr.

Substantial growth in the number of motorized vessels operating in the Mozambique Channel region between East Africa and Madagascar in the past 65 years has led to a 60-fold increase in effective small-scale fishing effort and a 91 per cent decline in Catch Per Unit of Effort (CPUE).

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A few missing fish US West Coast recreational and discarded catches

A few missing fish: US West Coast recreational and discarded catches

A few missing fish US West Coast recreational and discarded catches

Recreational fisher at Baker Beach, California. Photo by mgstanton, Flickr.

Despite being the leading country when it comes to transparency, public accessibility, and free availability of fisheries data, the United States of America’s lack of international reporting of recreational catches and fish discarded at sea may hinder proper ecosystem-based management efforts, new research has found. Continue reading

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Sea Around Us’ collaborator says shark fishing should be considered ocean vandalism

Sea Around Us collaborator says shark fishing should be considered ocean vandalism

Tiger shark. Photo by Albert kok, Wikimedia Commons.

Killing sharks is ocean vandalism,” Jessica Meeuwig, head of the Marine Futures Lab at the University of Western Australia and a close collaborator of the Sea Around Us and the Sea Around Us – Indian Ocean, told journalists following reports of a 395-kilogram tiger shark having been caught by a recreational fishing crew during a competition off the coast of Sydney.

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