[ASC-media] International scientists to study Western Australian marine life
sarahbugg at hotmail.com
Tue Feb 4 18:54:31 EST 2003
Tuesday, February 4, 2003
International Scientists Studying Esperance Marine Life
Western Australian Museum scientists are leading an international research
team in a hunt for new marine plants and animals in Esperance Bay and the
This three-week intensive research workshop is part of an important ongoing
international study aimed at exploring Western Australias diverse marine
In the six workshops we have conducted since 1988, over 285 new species of
marine plants and animals have been identified, said Dr Fred Wells, Senior
Curator of Aquatic Zoology at the Western Australian Museum.
Research collected about the ecology and physiology of the Western
Australian coastline can be used by fisheries and marine managers to develop
their plans and strategies for maintaining the health of our marine
environment, Dr Wells said.
The group of 25 scientists converging on Esperance includes renowned marine
biologists from Australia and overseas countries including Britain, Germany
and the United States.
The workshop has been arranged by the Australian Marine Sciences Association
and has received funding assistance from the Western Australian Museum, the
Strategic Fund for Research in the Marine Environment, University of Western
Australia, the Australian Marine Sciences Association and Outokumpu (Black
Swan Nickel Pty Ltd).
Media opportunity: The scientists will be gathering in Esperance for 17
days, from Tuesday, February 4. Many of them, including the WA Museums Dr
Fred Wells, will be available for interview and photograph opportunities.
Tel: 9427 2778
Mobile: 0417 970 239
Email: sarah.bugg at museum.wa.gov.au
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