Ocean rubbish

What's happened to all the plastic rubbish in the Indian Ocean?

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that although the Indian Ocean is the world’s biggest dumping ground for plastic waste, nobody seems to know where it goes.

Australian ocean research

UWA part of a new era of Australian ocean research

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

The University of Western Australia will be at the forefront of a new era of research into the ‘blue economy’, following the announcement of Australia’s biggest Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

Sea urchin

Fearless sea urchins stripping underwater forests

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

A new study led by The University of Western Australia and the Centre of Advanced Studies of Blanes in Spain has found that sea urchins’ fear of predators plays a key role in the health of underwater forests, which are declining globally.

Cyclone

UWA technology deployed to monitor Tropical Cyclone Veronica

Friday, 22 March 2019

New technology from The University of Western Australia has been deployed to measure the impact of Tropical Cyclone Veronica on ocean waves and the WA coastline.

Study highlights ways to improve fishing practices

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and Stanford University have confirmed eco-labels on seafood are a trusted way for consumers to ensure they are buying sustainable seafood products and also encourage the seafood industry to be more sustainable.

Shark deterrent research

Research finds some shark deterrents don't work as well

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Shark researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that one of the personal shark deterrents commercially available in WA is not effective in deterring sharks.

Slate pencil urchin

Study warns marine heatwaves causing massive destruction

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

A study by an international team of researchers including The University of Western Australia reveals the massive damage marine heatwaves are causing to the marine environment wherever they occur.

UWA Oceans Institute provides free resource to schools

Friday, 14 December 2018

Amazing fish facts that help to explain the serious side of Western Australia’s marine environment and why it’s so important to protect it, as well as a species identification guide for young explorers are all in a new book available free to schools.

Taryn Foster and Joshua Dunne

Three UWA graduates awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Friday, 7 December 2018

A marine science postgraduate, an international relations graduate and one of Australia’s brightest young female entrepreneurs have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for 2019, joining a prestigious global group that includes Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Joshua Dunne completed a Bachelor of Philosophy with Honours in Political Science and International Relations at UWA and is currently working as a Study Abroad Assistant in UWA’s Global Learning Office.

Fishing nets

Study finds modern slavery promotes overfishing

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Labour abuses including modern slavery are ‘hidden subsidies’ that allow distant-water fishing fleets to remain profitable and promote overfishing, according to new research from The University of Western Australia and the Sea Around Us initiative at the University of British Columbia.

UWA researcher Paula Cartwright with K+S Salt Australia’s Gerrit Gödecke.

Project to examine water quality impact on marine habitats

Tuesday, 30 October 2018

A new research partnership between The University of Western Australia and K+S Salt Australia will investigate the impact of cyclones and other weather events on water quality and the marine ecosystem in the north-west of Western Australia.

Common kelp

Great Southern Reef to lose huge seaweed habitat to ocean warming

Monday, 1 October 2018

Research into the future of Australia’s “other reef” – the Great Southern Reef – shows that even under the most optimistic carbon emission scenarios, ocean warming is likely to cause substantial loss of critical habitat-forming seaweeds by 2100.

Supertrawler - credit Greenpeace Pierre Gleizes

Expanded fisheries impact 90 per cent of the entire ocean

Thursday, 2 August 2018

A new study has found that since 1950 industrial fishing fleets have more than doubled the distance travelled to fishing grounds and spread so far that they now operate in more than 90 per cent of the global ocean.

A bicinctus (G Rusconi)

Study finds Nemo's bright colours protect it from predators

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

The colourful stripes of coral reef-dwelling clownfish may serve to warn predators about their poisonous anemone hosts, according to a new study by The University of Western Australia.

Winthrop Hall

UWA scores highly in world university subject rankings

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

The University of Western Australia has cemented its place among the world’s top universities with nine subject areas ranked in the top 50 globally, according to the 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Seabird credit Dan Bayley

Eradicate rats to bolster coral reefs

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Rat control should be considered an urgent conservation priority on many remote tropical islands to protect vulnerable coral reefs, according to an international research collaboration including The University of Western Australia.

Albany wave buoy

New wave energy technology creates a splash in Albany

Thursday, 12 July 2018

New technology to measure ocean waves and currents with greater accuracy than ever before is being deployed off the Albany coast this week, as part of the new Wave Energy Research Centre, an initiative led by The University of Western Australia.

Fishing boat

Government subsidies play key role in profitability of high sea fishing

Monday, 11 June 2018

Up to 54 per cent of the high seas fishing industry would be unprofitable without large government subsidies, according to a global research collaboration including The University of Western Australia.

Bottle nosed dolphins

Dolphin name game reveals complex relationships

Friday, 8 June 2018

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have discovered male bottlenose dolphins can retain individual vocal labels, or “names”, to help recognise friends and rivals in their social network, much like humans.

Role of kelp forests in mitigating climate change under threat

Role of kelp forests in mitigating climate change under threat

Monday, 4 June 2018

A global study led by a team from The University of Western Australia and the Marine Biological Association of the UK has found that kelp forests take in more than twice the amount of carbon dioxide than previously thought, which can help mitigate the impact of climate change.