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Goldfish could use estuaries as ‘saltbridge’ to spread between rivers

September 19th, 2017

River raider: Goldfish could be using estuaries as a

Goldfish invaders have been discovered in Australian estuaries, meaning they can tolerate salty water and can potentially use it to move between river systems.

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Deadly fish pathogen detected in Australia

September 16th, 2017

Deadly discovery: Wild catfishes from the Tully River were found to carry the pathogen

A dangerous pathogen, which caused devastating losses in the aquaculture industry in the United States, has been detected in wild Australian catfish for the first time.

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Sawfish exposed as the ultimate stealth hunter

March 23rd, 2017

Sawfish rostrum

New research has revealed the lethal side swipes of sawfishes’ distinctive rostra are barely detectable to their prey.

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Review showcases unique south west estuaries

February 27th, 2017

An Australian estuary (picture by Bryn Farmer)

The unique characteristics of estuaries in the south west of Australia have been highlighted by Murdoch University scientists.

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Two whale sharks and their 22 year annual WA pilgrimage

October 4th, 2016

Stumpy and swimmer Photo by Indian Ocean Imagery

Dr Brad Norman and Associate Professor David Morgan from the Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research and their collaborators, have been photographing Stumpy and Zorro at Ningaloo since 1994. The researchers believe the whale sharks are the longest studied individual wild sharks in the world.

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Game of catfish and mouse in Pilbara river

August 18th, 2016

A lesser salmon catfish (Pic: Murdoch University)

Large catfish in a desert river in the Pilbara are eating native mice when available, Murdoch University researchers have found.

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It’s not just Ningaloo: whale sharks shown to favour much of the WA coastline

April 5th, 2016

Whale shark (Pic by Brad Norman)

New research published in the journal Pacific Conservation Biology reveals whale sharks are distributed further along the WA coastline than previously understood.

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Living on burrowed time: aestivating fish face extinction due to climate change

January 28th, 2016

Black stripe minnow

Two endangered Western Australian fish species are facing a battle for survival due to habitat changes caused by the hotter and drier climate, a Murdoch University researcher has found.

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Endangered sawfish killed in river low in oxygen

December 17th, 2015

Some of the dead freshwater sawfish and bull sharks (Pic: Dr David Morgan)

A fish kill event in the Kimberley has seen at least 12 critically endangered freshwater sawfish die in water that was depleted in oxygen.

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Guiding the sustainable development of the Peel-Harvey

August 27th, 2015

From left to right, Andy Gulliver, Lesley Wilkinson, Tony Free, Marilyn Gray, Associate Professor Matt Hipsey, Professor Andrew Taggart, Dr Fiona Valesini, Prifessor Mike Elliott, Councillor Caroline Knight

A multidisciplinary team of researchers led by a Murdoch University academic will be investigating how best to develop the Peel region without unduly impacting the health of the iconic Peel-Harvey estuary.

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