Australian scientists receive grants for marine research

17:01, March 04, 2010      

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Three Australian scientists on Thursday received a prestigious award for their work in marine research.

The Pew Fellowship in Marine Conservation is considered one of the world's top awards for recognizing innovative work aimed at keeping the oceans healthy.

The Australians will each receive a 165,000 Australian dollars (150,000 U.S. dollars) grant to conduct a three-year research project.

Offered since 1996, the Pew program recognizes five scientists each year and it's the first time three Australians have been selected in one hit.

CSIRO scientist Beth Fulton won for her work assessing how the marine ecosystem is being affected by overfishing, climate change and other pressures.

Marine ecologist Peter Mumby was recognized for developing science models to assess and integrate the risks of things such as hurricanes and ocean pollution.

Ben Sullivan plans to use his grant to reduce the killing of seabirds in open ocean and trawl fishing.

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