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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.

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Uni student’s survey aims to help boost lamb survival

Sheep producers across western NSW are being encouraged to participate in an online survey that investigates vaccination and nutritional supplementation of sheep. Former Peak Hill resident and current Charles Sturt University student, Kayla Kopp, is conducting the investigation as part of her studies. Ms Kopp's PhD at Charles Sturt's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is investigating the nutritional supplementation of lambing ewes and sheep producers are being asked to take part in the survey. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and participants remain anonymous. READ ALSO: Charles Sturt students win top tertiary team at merino challenge The project is supervised Professor Michael Friend and is part of a wider body of research at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, an alliance between Charles Sturt and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, that aims to improve the productivity and profitability of sheep production. “One in five lambs born in Austra..

Sheep producers across western NSW are being encouraged to participate in an online survey that investigates vaccination and nutritional supplementation of sheep. Former Peak Hill resident and current Charles Sturt University student, Kayla Kopp, is conducting the investigation as part of her studies. Ms Kopp's PhD at Charles Sturt's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is investigating the nutritional supplementation of lambing ewes and sheep producers are being asked to take part in the survey. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and participants remain anonymous. READ ALSO: Charles Sturt students win top tertiary team at merino challenge The project is supervised Professor Michael Friend and is part of a wider body of research at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, an alliance between Charles Sturt and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, that aims to improve the productivity and profitability of sheep production. "One in five lambs born in Australia die within days of birth, costing the industry over $1 billion each year," Professor Friend said. "Our research aims to better understand how those losses occur and to develop knowledge and tools that will help producers improve animal health and boost lamb survival." READ ALSO: Walgett's Jill Roughley, runs her property with guts and determination The survey is available online (www.surveymonkey.com/r/ lambsurvey) and sheep producers are invited to take part in the research until Saturday, August 31. Participants must be producers currently involved in the sheep industry either as farm owners or managers in NSW; must have ewes lambing on their property annually; and must have at least 50 sheep on their property. The survey builds on Miss Kopp's earlier field studies focused on nutritional supplementation and milk production. Data from the study will contribute to research on animal welfare, animal nutrition and sheep production.

Sheep producers across western NSW are being encouraged to participate in an online survey that investigates vaccination and nutritional supplementation of sheep.

Former Peak Hill resident and current Charles Sturt University student, Kayla Kopp, is conducting the investigation as part of her studies.

Ms Kopp's PhD at Charles Sturt's School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences is investigating the nutritional supplementation of lambing ewes and sheep producers are being asked to take part in the survey.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and participants remain anonymous.

The project is supervised Professor Michael Friend and is part of a wider body of research at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, an alliance between Charles Sturt and the NSW Department of Primary Industries, that aims to improve the productivity and profitability of sheep production.

"One in five lambs born in Australia die within days of birth, costing the industry over $1 billion each year," Professor Friend said.

"Our reRead More – Source

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Margaret River’s women in wine head to New York

Three women from the Margaret River region's wine industry have been invited to New York City for the Australian Women in Wine Awards on Tuesday September 17. Finalists from the region include Vanya Cullen – who has once again been nominated for a Winemaker of the Year award – making it the second time she has received such an accolade this year. Also nominated in the Australian Women in Wines Awards were Howard Parks marketing officer Rebecca Love and Clairault Streicker cellar door person Ulrika Larsson. Ms Love has been nominated for Marketer of the Year and Ms Larsson has been nominated for Cellar Door Person of the Year. Australian Women in Wine Awards founder and chair Jane Thomson said the depth and breadth of talent entered in the awards this year made it exceptionally difficult for their judges. “It just goes to show that after five years of operation, we are continuing to attract the very best female talent in the Australian wine community,” she said. “Theirs are excepti..

Three women from the Margaret River region's wine industry have been invited to New York City for the Australian Women in Wine Awards on Tuesday September 17. Finalists from the region include Vanya Cullen – who has once again been nominated for a Winemaker of the Year award – making it the second time she has received such an accolade this year. Also nominated in the Australian Women in Wines Awards were Howard Parks marketing officer Rebecca Love and Clairault Streicker cellar door person Ulrika Larsson. Ms Love has been nominated for Marketer of the Year and Ms Larsson has been nominated for Cellar Door Person of the Year. Australian Women in Wine Awards founder and chair Jane Thomson said the depth and breadth of talent entered in the awards this year made it exceptionally difficult for their judges. "It just goes to show that after five years of operation, we are continuing to attract the very best female talent in the Australian wine community," she said. "Theirs are exceptional stories that deserve to be told and celebrated." More than 35 Australian female wine producers have been invited to the invitation only event, which will be live streamed back to Australia via the Australian Women in Wine's Facebook page. More information on the Australian Women in Wine Awards can be found at WomeninWineAwards.com.au.

Three women from the Margaret River region's wine industry have been invited to New York City for the Australian Women in Wine Awards on Tuesday September 17.

Finalists from the region include Vanya Cullen – who has once again been nominated for a Winemaker of the Year award – making it the second time she has received such an accolade this year.

Also nominated in the Australian Women in Wines Awards were Howard Parks marketing officer Rebecca Love and Clairault Streicker cellar door person Ulrika Larsson.

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