Tag Archives: Australia

Satellite Technology to Inform Coral Reef Monitoring System

Satellite technology is informing a global coral reef monitoring system and providing imagery that will help scientists understand the current health of the reef and better monitor its change over time. This fall, five pilot sites were developed in order to refine mapping methods, including Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia; Moorea, French Polynesia; Lighthouse Reef, Belize; West Hawaii Island,

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Wave Buoy Network to Help Monitor Waves in Australian and Antarctic Waters

AXYS Technologies in partnership with Metocean Services International (MSI) will supply Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) with four TRIAXYS wave buoys. The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency that provides regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory. In support of the Bureau’s marine weather and ocean services, a wave

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Seafarer Input Urgently Sought for S-Mode Navigation Systems

S-Mode for navigation systems is a push for standard icons for key functions, logical grouping of information and simple user settings to help navigators more easily understand navigation functions on all vessels, not just the ones they are familiar with. Standardization increases safety and competence and makes life easier for navigators. Navigators’ views are sought on the latest concept for

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New Population of World’s Rarest Fish Found Near Tasmania

A new population of a species believed to be the world’s rarest fish has been found off the coast of Tasmania, Australia in Frederick Henry Bay. The Red handfish (Thymichthys politus) is rare because it walks on the seafloor instead of swimming. The population of the fish was estimated to be 20-40 individuals until a team of divers from the Institute for Marine

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Australian “Ring of Steel” Seeks to Repel Seafaring Refugees

Australia is carrying out an initiative to repel refugees traveling by boat and seeking asylum there. Called the “ring of steel”, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull called it “the biggest ever peacetime maritime operation in Australia’s northern waters”. Turnbull says the initiative is part of an effort to prevent any increase in human trafficking of refugees in the wake of

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