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July 22, 2020
Finding Spotted handfish, with Carlie Devine.

We recently caught up with Carlie Devine, CSIRO as a photographer, scientific diver and research technician, to chat about her work over the years with with Spotted handfish. Background: tell us about yourself! I grew up in an inland town in Victoria but my family would take my two brothers and I to stay at […]

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July 17, 2020
Ocean Geographic feature on Red handfish

Earlier this year, Handfish Conservation Project coordinator Dr Jemina Stuart-Smith was invited to contribute an article to Ocean Geographic on Red handfish. The article has just been published! You can purchase the full magazine by subscribing to Ocean Geographic HERE, or **you can download the section just on Red handfish HERE: Thank you to contributing […]

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May 4, 2020
The search for Red and Ziebell's handfish

Red and Ziebell's handfish are small cryptic fish that don’t move much and are difficult to find. There are two known populations of Red handfish in south-eastern Tasmania, and Ziebell's handfish have not been seen for over ten years. But how do we know there are no other populations out there? While we can’t say […]

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May 1, 2020
Writing about handfish - with Katherine Richardson

We caught up with Katherine Richardson, a local Tasmanian writer, who is putting together a children's book on Red handfish. Katherine – tell us a bit about yourself! I grew up in Campania, which is a little country town just past Richmond. I went to the local primary school and I had some really fantastic […]

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January 16, 2020
Handfish monitoring with Helen O'Neill (CSIRO)

We caught up with Helen O'Neill - a research assistant at CSIRO. Helen is involved in a number of projects including the Australian National Fish Collection, developing and populating fishIDER (a bilingual web-based fish identification tool to improve fish identification skills and monitoring capacity in Indonesia), and, of course - Spotted Handfish monitoring. Background: tell […]

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September 23, 2019
Handfish DNA

Our Red Handfish IMAS/CSIRO PhD student, Tyson Bessell, is incorporating a genetic component into his research. Under the direction of expert geneticists, Dr Sharon Appleyard (CSIRO, Hobart) and Dr Carolyn Hogg (University of Sydney), he will be looking at several key areas, including: Characterising gene regions in Red Handfish  Assessing whether we can use non-harmful […]

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August 19, 2019
Spawning behaviour of spotted handfish

We'd like to introduce you to a student studying spotted handfish reproductive behaviour at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (University of Tasmania) and CSIRO, within the Marine Biodiversity Hub in Hobart. Meet Alex Hormann: I grew up in Texas in the US, right next to the Gulf of Mexico so I was always on or under the […]

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July 15, 2019
Research on boat moorings and spotted handfish

We'd like to introduce you to a student studying the impacts of boat moorings on spotted handfish and their implications for the conservation of this species. Meet Lincoln Wong: Lincoln is a PhD student with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, and also works with researchers at CSIRO and […]

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July 2, 2019
New student working on red handfish!

In what is a super positive step for red handfish conservation, we'd like to introduce you to a new PhD student at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, Tyson Bessell! Tyson is already familiar with handfish - having worked on spotted handfish for his Honours project. Tell us a […]

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March 29, 2019
Wildlife Wizards

We recently heard about some young Tasmanians taking things into their own ‘hands’ by doing their part to help conservation of Australian wildlife – including red handfish. A keen and motivated wildlife warrior Danny Rumsby (grade 5) came up with an idea to make badges to raise awareness for endangered Australian species – and of […]

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