marine conservation

Being Neighbourly

As a former believer in the notion perpetrated by generations of Chief Petty Officers – who took exception to ship’s decks being littered with rubbish – that the ocean was the “world’s biggest ashtray”, I always assumed that the sea… Read More ›

Anatomy Of An Industry

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important lesson that history has to teach.”  – Aldous Huxley As a concept, Australia’s former peak industry diving body had much to commend it: Particularly… Read More ›

A Chain Reaction

Putting the bite on sharks may not be good for our health.  There are distinct advantages in being at the top of the food chain.  Not least the fact that with so many choices between the lower end of the… Read More ›

Howard Hall and the ‘Deep Sea’

(In 2006, I had the opportunity to chat with legendary underwater film-makers, Howard and Michelle Hall. The following interview was first published in April of that year. ) ———— For filmmaker, Howard Hall, diving and photographing the undersea world has… Read More ›

The problem with penguins

It might be the little things in life that matter, but it’s the big things that get our attention. Take whales, for example. Weighing in at a whopping 60,000-plus kilograms, (that’s about 132,000 pounds for the metrically challenged) the mighty… Read More ›