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Study reveals Geographe Bay’s whale nursery

Read more: Whales take a quick break in Flinders Bay Evidence of a southern right whale aggregation area has been discovered in Geographe Bay by a team of dedicated researchers at Point Piquet. Southwest Whale Ecology Study scientist Chris Burton will present the research team's findings at the 2019 Australian Marine Sciences Association's conference in Fremantle. Mr Burton said the research was conducted with Sandra Salgado from Oceans Blueprint, Brodie Elsdon and photographers Ian Wiese and Blair Ranford. “We will be presenting evidence that southern right whales have been coming into Geographe Bay for years,” he said. “We have land based sightings to show that from the last 15 years, and in the last couple of years there have been more 2018 was huge, there were almost as three times as many sightings. “There were about 20 to 30 from our land based station at Point Piquet.” Mr Burton said it was great because southern right whales were still endangered in Australian waters…

Read more: Whales take a quick break in Flinders Bay Evidence of a southern right whale aggregation area has been discovered in Geographe Bay by a team of dedicated researchers at Point Piquet. Southwest Whale Ecology Study scientist Chris Burton will present the research team's findings at the 2019 Australian Marine Sciences Association's conference in Fremantle. Mr Burton said the research was conducted with Sandra Salgado from Oceans Blueprint, Brodie Elsdon and photographers Ian Wiese and Blair Ranford. "We will be presenting evidence that southern right whales have been coming into Geographe Bay for years," he said. "We have land based sightings to show that from the last 15 years, and in the last couple of years there have been more 2018 was huge, there were almost as three times as many sightings. "There were about 20 to 30 from our land based station at Point Piquet." Mr Burton said it was great because southern right whales were still endangered in Australian waters. "It is important to get the word out about how important Geographe and Flinders Bays are, all the whales go to Flinders Bay in their northern migration and Geographe Bay gets the whales in their southern migration," he said "They come in for resting, with the southern rights Geographe Bay is actually a nursery, the females are nursing their calves, and the males are looking for unaccompanied females, they just chill out. "There are threats to whales and one of them is boat traffic and underwater noise, we have seen quite a few incidents with people on jet skis and boats just hammer around the whales "You can see them getting disturbed, more importantly with southern rights because there are so few of them, and if they do get disturbed all the time they will not come here. "People need to know not to drive really fast during the whale season and really keep a lookout for whales, because you do not want to hit one." Mr Burton said there had been really good research done in Australia which found two-sub populations of southern right whales. "It is pretty exciting, we saw all these southern right whales last year and after looking at the plan they describe aggregation areas," he said. "There are three huge aggregation areas along the West Coast including Doubtful Island, Twilight Cove and the head of the Bight in SA. "In between that there are all these little bays, traditionally they spread out before they were hunted. "They used to go to Geographe Bay and off Perth and everywhere, then they were slaughtered somewhere between 30,000 and 70,000. "They left around 300 southern right whales. "The southern right whale population in the western part of southern Australia is going pretty well. It has come up to 2900 and on the eastern side of Australia their population has been really slow to recover, there are less than 500. "As the population builds they find new habitat and spread out, some of them are now coming up to Geographe Bay. They have been going to Flinders Bay for a while and that has been described as an emerging aggregation area. "After last year with over 100 sightings we have been completing the catalogue of locally identified whales."

Study reveals Geographe Bay's whale nursery

  • Evidence of a southern right whale aggregation area has been discovered in Geographe Bay. Photo by Ian Wiese.

  • Southern right whales mating off Gannet Rock. Photo by Ian Wiese.

    Southern right whales mating off Gannet Rock. Photo by Ian Wiese.

  • Mother southern right whale (below) and an unusual colored calf in Eagle Bay. Photo by Ian Wiese taken in September 2018.

    Mother southern right whale (below) and an unusual colored calf in Eagle Bay. Photo by Ian Wiese taken in September 2018.

Evidence of a southern right whale aggregation area has been discovered in Geographe Bay by a team of dedicated researchers at Point Piquet.

Southwest Whale Ecology Study scientist Chris Burton will present the research team's findings at the 2019 Australian Marine Sciences Association's conference in Fremantle.

Mr Burton said the research was conducted with Sandra Salgado from Oceans Blueprint, Brodie Elsdon and photographers Ian Wiese and Blair Ranford.

"We will be presenting evidence that southern right whales have been coming into Geographe Bay for years," he said.

"We have land based sightings to show that from the last 15 years, and in the last couple of years there have been more 2018 was huge, there were almost as three times as many sightings.

"There were about 20 to 30 from our land based station at Point Piquet."

Mr Burton said it was great because southern right whales were still endangered in Australian waters.

"It is important to get the word out about how imporRead More – Source

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Platina Resources – A once in a Blue Moon opportunity

Platina Resources Limited (ASX:PGM) has a portfolio of projects in Australia, Greenland and the USA (Figure 1). These projects cover a variety of metals including scandium, gold, platinum group metals (PGM), zinc and copper.

Corey Nolan is the managing director of the company. He has more than 25 years experience in the acquisition, funding, exploration and development of natural resources projects. He was previously the chief executive officer of Sayona Mining Ltd (ASX:SYA) and managing director of Leyshon Resources Limited and Elementos Limited (ASX:ELT). He is currently also a non-executive director of Elementos.

Figure 1: Location of Platina Resources projects

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The 100%-owned Owendale Scandium Project is located in New South Wales, Australia (Figure 2). The company completed a definitive feasibility study (DFS) at the project in 2018, which defined a post-tax net present value (using an 8% discount rate) of US$166mln and a post-tax internal rate of retur..

Platina Resources Limited (ASX:PGM) has a portfolio of projects in Australia, Greenland and the USA (Figure 1). These projects cover a variety of metals including scandium, gold, platinum group metals (PGM), zinc and copper.

Corey Nolan is the managing director of the company. He has more than 25 years experience in the acquisition, funding, exploration and development of natural resources projects. He was previously the chief executive officer of Sayona Mining Ltd (ASX:SYA) and managing director of Leyshon Resources Limited and Elementos Limited (ASX:ELT). He is currently also a non-executive director of Elementos.

Figure 1: Location of Platina Resources projects

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The 100%-owned Owendale Scandium Project is located in New South Wales, Australia (Figure 2). The company completed a definitive feasibility study (DFS) at the project in 2018, which defined a post-tax net present value (using an 8% discount rate) of US$166mln and a post-tax internal rate of return of 29%.

Since completing the DFS, Platina has been seeking an offtake partner and lodging the mining lease application. During 2020, the company is continuing to work on a scandium offtake marketing programme, which is targeting potential customers in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Figure 2: The Owendale Scandium Project

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The Skaergaard Gold-PGM Project is located on the east coast of Greenland. The project is considered by Platina to be one of the worlds largest undeveloped gold deposits and one of the largest palladium resources outside of South Africa and Russia.

Skaergaard has a JORC 2012 compliant mineral resources estimate of 5.7 million ounces (moz) of gold and 8.7moz of palladium, which at current metal prices is 20moz of gold equivalent at a grade of 3 grams per tonne (g/t) gold equivalent. Platina is currently working to find a financial and technical partner to help develop the project.

At the Blue Moon Project, Platina is earning up to a 70% interest in the project by spending C$7m over 36 months. The Blue Moon Project is located in California, USA, around 150 kilometres (km) from the OaklanRead More – Source

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88 Energy raises A$5mln ahead of Charlie well programme

88 Energy Ltd (LON:88E) has raised A$5mln of new capital ahead of next months drill programme at the Charlie appraisal well.

The explorer, in a statement, said the capital injection would cover any potential costs above those carried by Premier Oil PLC (LON:PMO) via its farm-in to the Charlie project.

It will also pay for lease rental payments for the Alaskan acreage, interest on debt, and support new venture activity, 88 Energy added.

A total of 238mln new shares are being sold to investors at a price of 2.1 Australian cents, equating to 1.1p per share – versus a London market price of 1.23p.

READ: 88 Energy says Charlie is on track for February spud[hhmc]
“The decision by the board to raise additional funds at this time was for several reasons, namely: unsolicited demand for investment at a premium to the most recent placement in September 2019; and a subsequent incremental increase in the well cost due to high grading of the quality of the evaluation program,” said Dave Wall, 88..

88 Energy Ltd (LON:88E) has raised A$5mln of new capital ahead of next months drill programme at the Charlie appraisal well.

The explorer, in a statement, said the capital injection would cover any potential costs above those carried by Premier Oil PLC (LON:PMO) via its farm-in to the Charlie project.

It will also pay for lease rental payments for the Alaskan acreage, interest on debt, and support new venture activity, 88 Energy added.

A total of 238mln new shares are being sold to investors at a price of 2.1 Australian cents, equating to 1.1p per share – versus a London market price of 1.23p.

READ: 88 Energy says Charlie is on track for February spud


"The decision by the board to raise additional funds at this time was for several reasons, namely: unsolicited demand for investment at a premium to the most recent placement in September 2019; and a subsequent incremental increase in the well cost due to high grading of the quality of the evaluation program,” said Dave Wall, 88 Energy managing director.

“We would like to thank our advisers and shareholders for their continued support as we enter into this critical phase.”

Premier is paying up a total of US$23mln to drill Charlie which is designed to be an appraisal of the Malguk-1 discovery made by BP in 1991.

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Latin Resources receives positive kaolinite and halloysite results from Noombenberry

Latin Resources Ltd (ASX: LRS) has received positive kaolinite and halloysite results from a first pass sampling program at the Noombenberry Project, 300 kilometres east of Perth in Western Australia.

Thirteen samples were taken from four locations at the project site and submitted to First Test Minerals for determination of kaolin/halloysite clay content, quality and sales potential.

First Test Minerals is a kaolin and halloysite specialist based in the United Kingdom. With 30 years' experience, they understand the broad market for quality kaolin.

Current global supply for high-grade kaolin is very tight with many Asian porcelain manufacturers keen to secure supply while the use of high tech ceramics is a new and growing market for the product.

Samples from location four delivered high-grade kaoline results from the 45 to 180-micrometre category, up to 15% halloysite by weight and up to 38.9% kaolinite by weight.

Location three samples resulted in more than 68% kaolinite whi..

Latin Resources Ltd (ASX: LRS) has received positive kaolinite and halloysite results from a first pass sampling program at the Noombenberry Project, 300 kilometres east of Perth in Western Australia.

Thirteen samples were taken from four locations at the project site and submitted to First Test Minerals for determination of kaolin/halloysite clay content, quality and sales potential.

First Test Minerals is a kaolin and halloysite specialist based in the United Kingdom. With 30 years' experience, they understand the broad market for quality kaolin.

Current global supply for high-grade kaolin is very tight with many Asian porcelain manufacturers keen to secure supply while the use of high tech ceramics is a new and growing market for the product.

Samples from location four delivered high-grade kaoline results from the 45 to 180-micrometre category, up to 15% halloysite by weight and up to 38.9% kaolinite by weight.

Location three samples resulted in more than 68% kaolinite while location one samples returned 44% kaolinite.

“High-grade kaolinite”

Latin Resources managing director Chris Gale said: “We are pleased to have achieved our aims in this

testing exercise, those aims being to identify high-grade kaolinite and the occurrence of halloysite at Noombenberry and to identify the best locations for further drill programs.

“The reporting of halloysite in nanotube, plate and prism forms, encourages us to further explore and delineate the potential scale of this project.”

“Potentially valuable project”

Gale said: “With hungry global markets for high-grade kaolin and a developing market for halloysite, we believe we have a potentially valuable project here at Noombenberry that we Read More – Source

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