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The conservation of Humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, on the East Coast of Australia, is one of the few success stories we have where we brought a species back from the brink of extinction, to now have a steadily growing population. Between 1949-1962 Australian Whalers targeted Humpbacks for oil and […]
Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 (PEP11) extends from the Northern Beaches of Sydney, through the Central Coast to Lake Macquarie and Newcastle, and is over 4,500 square km. Within this permit area Asset Energy (parent company MEC Resources) will be conducting Seismic Testing over 500 square km. Seismic testing […]
The endemic & threatened species (IUCN), Posidonia australis, is declining at a rate of 1.8% annually (Orth & Dennison 2007). The meadows formed by Posidonia australis provide the habitat for highly productive ecosystems, providing shelter for sea horses, crustaceans, cephalopods and act as an important nursery for fish. It […]
The endangered (IUCN) Green Sea Turtle, Chelonia Midas, is found in tropical and subtropical ecosystems along the East Coast of Australia, along with many other regions in the Indo-Pacific. This species can be found in the Nelson Bay Area, laying on sponge gardens or on a bed of sea grass. Chelonia Midas' population is decreasing. […]
The 'Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act' 1999 states that the East Coast population of Grey Nurse Sharks (Carcharias taurus) is critically endangered. It is estimated that, within the East Coast population, there is only 1100-1600 individuals remaining, with a continued decline of mature individuals. This species is threaten […]