• Fish Pelagics

Fish

Bony fish might not be as charismatic as their cartilage skeleton counterparts (sharks and rays) but they are a crucial element in aquatic ecosystems. Fish act as habitat shapers (parrot fish eating and re-distributing coral), they have mutually beneficial relationships with other marine life (anemone fish protecting its home) and they are part of an interconnected food web acting as herbivores, carnivores, and as prey. Fish experience similar threats to many marine animals: habitat destruction, overfishing and climate change. This makes them a perfect animal for a broad range of research.

  • Satellite Tagging of Sunfish

    Satellite Tagging of Sunfish

    Satellite tagging of ocean sunfish broadens our understanding of habitat preference and seasonal movements off Nusa Penida, Indonesia.

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  • Urbanisation Effects in the Surf Zone

    Urbanisation Effects in the Surf Zone

    Using a ‘mobile surf BRUV’ (Baited Remote Underwater Vehicle) researchers explore the impact of coastal urbanisation on the fish and sharks of Australia’s surf beaches.

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  • Saving The Undersea Giants

    Saving The Undersea Giants

    Globally, around three in four known grouper spawning aggregations are in decline or have disappeared entirely due to overfishing. Researchers explore what can be done and the importance of local communities.

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  • How Do Coral Reef Fish Cope With Elevated UV Levels

    How Do Coral Reef Fish Cope With Elevated UV Levels

    Did you know...Fish like young Damselfish can get skin damage from UV rays. So to protect themselves they use natural sunscreens!

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    Black Marlin

    The black marlin is one of the largest and fastest bony fish species. It is found across the Indo-Pacific but is it a single population?

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    Tropical Fish Head South

    As waters off the east coast of Australia become warmer tropical fish head South to find their ideal temperature. This is having large impacts on the local environment.

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    What’s on the Menu

    What’s being eaten at coral reef fish cleaning stations? Learning how to identify individual species.

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    Are Marine Protected Areas Effective?

    Researchers explore the movement of a popular table-fish the blue-spotted flathead in the Jervis Bay Marine Park.

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    Cleaner fish on the Great Barrier Reef

    Cleaner fish help to remove parasites from marine life but can these fish ultimately impact the number of young fish on a reef?

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    Finding Nemo’s Personalities

    Just like people fish have different personalities. Researchers explore the impact of these behaviours on the iconic anemonefish.

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    Getting there and staying there

    Researchers explore the importance of larval dispersal versus local selection in determining the genetic composition of a coral reef fish population.

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Year Funded

Researchers

Organisation

Project

2015

BURFEIND, Dana & TIBBETS, Ian

UQ

Seahorses and pipefish lose critical seagrass habitat to killer algae

2015

LONERAGAN, N & NYEGAARD, M

MURDOCH

The use of satellite tagging of ocean sunfish (Mola ramsayi) to understand habitat preference and seasonal movements off Nusa Penida, Indonesia

2015

OLDS, A, CONNOLLY, R , HUIJBERS, C & SCHLACHER, T

USC

A 'sea change' for the fish and sharks of Australia’s beaches: urbanisation effects in the surf zone

2014

BENNET, Mike

UQ

Population structure of black marlin (Istiompax indica) within Australian waters

2014

DAVIS, Andy

UW

Development of an effective conservation tool for fishes on ‘featureless’ soft sediments: movement patterns and minimum reserve size for the blue-spotted flathead

2014

MORGAN, Jess

UQ

What's on the menu at fish cleaning stations?

2014

VAN HERWERDEN, Lynne, GAINSFORD , JONES  & HOBBS

JCU

A multi-disciplinary evaluation of the hybrid white-bonnet anemonefish: behaviour shaping evolutionary outcomes of hybridization

2014

VERGES, Adriana   

UNSW

Surgeonfish on the move and the tropicalisation of temperate marine ecosystems

2014

WONG, Marian & Anna Scott

UW

Finding Nemo’s personalities: fitness consequences of personality trait variation in the endemic anemonefish, Amphiprion latezonatus

2013

ALMANY, Glen

JCU

Saving the undersea giants – managing grouper spawning aggregations in Papua New Guinea

2012

RIGINOS, Cynthis & LIGGINS, Libby   

UQ

Getting there and staying there:  how important is larval dispersal versus local selection in determining the genetic composition of a coral reef fish population?

2011

HARCOURT, Rob & LEE, Kathryn   

MACQ

Assessing the efficacy of small marine protected areas for the conservation of eastern blue gropers and wobbegong sharks

2011

HEUPEL, Michelle,  WHITE, Jimmy & SIMPFENDORFER, Colin 

JCU

Efficiency of current marine park zonation in conserving exploited shark-like batoids on the Great Barrier Reef

2011

MUNDAY, Philip & MILLER, Gabrielle   

JCU

The interacting effects of ocean acidification and global warming on a common coral reef fish, Amphiprion melanopus

2011

TIBBETTS, Ian & KRUECK, Nils   

UQ

Population genomics to predict conservation effects of marine reserves:  an example from South East Queensland

2009

WARD, Ashley    

UNSW

Social recognition and chemical communication in juvenile marine fishes

2008

HELLYER, Chris & POORE, Alistair   

UNSW

Managing shark nets to benefit seahorses in Sydney Harbour

2007

CURTIS, Lynda & GRUTTER, Alexandra   

UQ

An investigation of factors affecting prevalence & intensity of haemogregarine blood parasites in coral reef fishes/effect host fish

2007

ECKES, Maxi,  SIEBECK, Ulrike ,  DOVE, Sophie & GRUTTER, Alexandra

UQ

Ultraviolet sunscreens in reef fish mucus and ultraviolet-induced DNA repair systems in the tissues of reef fish

2005

HEAGNEY, Liz & SUTHERS, Iain   

UNSW

Pelagic fish in coastal ecosystems - home range, site fidelity and marine protected areas.

2005

SIEBECK, Ulrike & MARSHALL, Justin   

UQ

How does coral reef bleaching affect coral reef fish?

2003

DAWSON, Michael & GILLANDERS, Bronwyn   

UNSW

Population structure in estuarine fishes and its implications for biodiversity conservation and marine protected areas.

2003

DONNELLAN, Stephen    

S.A.M.

DNA database for the fishes - a molecular tool for fish identification

2003

GALES, Nick & HINDELL, Mark   

UTAS

Developing the use of novel molecular techniques for diet estimation of marine predators through controlled feeding trails

2001

AUMEND, James & SHEAVES, Marcus   

JCU

Trace elements analysis of otolith composition as a technique for retrospectively identifying the coastal nursery grounds of tropical snappers from the Great Barrier Reef.

2001

WONG, Bob & KEOGH, Scott   

ANU

The reproductive ecology of pipefishes in the genus Stigmatopora

1999

RENSHAW, Gillian    

UQ

Identification of marine vertebrates at risk of hypoxia and the development of a hypoxic preconditioning program

1999

SUTHERS, Iain    

UNSW

Stable isotopes signatures and condition of the hula fish (Tracgubios taeniatus)

1998

RENSHAW, Gillian    

UQ

Development of intervention strategies for marine animals at risk of hypoxia

1998

SUTHERS, Iain    

UNSW

Some temperate rocky reef fish as ecological indicators of coastal eutrophication.

1997

PETTIGREW, J & FRITSCHES, K.   

UQ

Neuroethology of the sandlance, a marine chameleon.

1997

RENSHAW, Gillian    

UQ

Assessment techniques for marine animals at risk of hypoxia - Phase III

1997

SUTHERS, Iain    

UNSW

Fish as ecological indicators of coastal eutrophication

1996

BOOTH, David    

UTS

The impacts of enhanced nutrient loading on the survival, reproduction and behaviour of temperate marine fishes.

1996

CONNOLLY, Rod    

GRIFFITH

Conservation of sea dragons, sea horses and pipefish in Australian waters: how far do they disperse?

1996

MATHER, Peter & WILLIAMSON, Ian   

QUT

Factors that influence the early growth and development of artificially propagated whiting, Silago ciliata

1996

RENSHAW, Gillian    

UQ

Assessment techniques and intervention strategies for marine animals at risk of hypoxia - Phase II

1995

BRADLEY, Adrian,  BENNETT, Mike & BENNETT, S.M. 

UQ

The suitability of coral trout for fish culture in Australia

1995

HAHN, Scott & BENNETT, E.A.   

QUT

Investigation of pain induction from venom of the bullrout

1995

RENSHAW, Gillian & SNOW, P.J.   

UQ

Development of assessment techniques and intervention strategies for marine animals at risk of hypoxia

1995

ROUBAL, Frank    

UQ

Epidemiology and host range of sea lice, major pathogens of marine fish