‘sponge-ing’ the taxpayer …

Once again, research reported on in the Science Network WA website alludes to the effect of climate change. They still cannot bring themselves to acknowledge that warming has not happened for close on two decades, The Southern Hemisphere Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies are in decline and a record area of ice surrounds Antarctica.

Of course, it’s more funding they want, and invoking ‘climate change’ is supposed to get it for them. Pocket-liners they are. The research ought to stand on it’s own results, such as the discovery of a thousand new species. If the miners and industry, however, want to fund their research, good luck to them.

More sponge 'richness' uncovered with molecular technology

More sponge ‘richness’ uncovered with molecular technology

THE immense diversity of sponge species in West Australian waters has been celebrated at the 9th World Sponge Conference earlier this month. […]

[…] “WA is really sort of a hub for sponge diversity,” she says.

“There’s been research effort going into the unique sponge communities that occur in WA in recent years and they’re uncovering a massive diversity of previously undiscovered sponge species.”

Western Australian Museum marine invertebrates senior curator Dr Jane Fromont says more than 1000 species of sponge have been discovered in WA recently.

“Not all of these are new species,” she says.

“But the sponge diversity in WA and the wealth of species that occurs here is truly awesome to behold.”

She says this diversity is indicative of the health of WA’s marine environment.

She also says there has been an unprecedented interest in providing funding for sponge research.

“The West Australian Marine Science Institute … has industry support to look at the impacts of dredging [on filter feeding communities] in the Pilbara region,” she says.

“Our initial survey in March this year found that 70 per cent of all species affected … were sponges.

“It’s really important there’s been a significant acknowledgement that sponge communities in their own right need to be looked at and research needs to be funded.

She says further important research on the links between climate change, sponges and damage to coral reefs is also being undertaken in WA.

“Some groups of sponges have the ability to bio-erode calcium carbonate, so that’s our limestone environments, our limestone reefs,” she says.

“Christine Schonberg from UWA has been doing experimental work to monitor whether the incidence of sponge bio-erosion increases with changing climate.

“So this is another instance of globally significant work happening in WA.” (my bold)

Here, guys, you can see for yourself:

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06 S. Hem

(6) Southern Hemisphere Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomalies

Monthly Change = -0.002 deg C

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12 Indian

(12) Indian Ocean Sea Surface Temperature (SST) Anomalies

(60S to 30N, 20E to 120E)

Monthly Change = -0.006 deg C

No, can’t see any climate change here …

I used to dive the coastline and reefs off WA’s SW coast in the ’80’s and looked at the huge variety of sponges with awe and wonder. That coast was truly an awesome place to dive.

About Tom Harley

Amateur ecologist and horticulturalist and CEO of Kimberley Environmental Horticulture Inc. (Tom Harley)
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