Welcome to Reef Life Survey
Reef Life Survey (RLS) aims to improve biodiversity conservation and the sustainable management of marine resources by coordinating surveys of rocky and coral reefs using scientific methods, with the ultimate goal to improve coastal stewardship. Our activities depend on the skills of experienced and motivated recreational SCUBA divers, partnerships with management agencies and university researchers, and active input from the RLS Advisory Committee.
RLS thus represents a new concept in marine conservation where scientists, marine managers, and recreational divers work together to maximise the collection, analysis, interpretation and effective use of broad-scale biodiversity information. RLS has established the first global baseline of marine biodiversity using consistent methods, which includes abundance data for over 3500 marine species at more than 2000 sites in 40 countries. This information is now used to track changing ecosystems, allowing managers and scientists to better understand how human society affects the marine environment, and to identify better ways forward to reduce threats.
Over the last year, the catamaran, Reef Dragon, has been circumnavigating Australia with volunteer divers and crew on board collecting valuable data from core RLS sites around the country, as well as hundreds of new sites from remote, offshore reef systems (many of which have never been surveyed before!).
Over the past 7 years, Reef Life Survey divers have collected data from over 40 different countries, resulting in over 3500 species recorded from over 6000 standardised marine biodiversity surveys. This is what it looks like, so far…
Thank you to all who have been involved in this data collection process, you will agree that it is a pretty impressive achievement!
Produced by Just Berkhout, Antonia Cooper and Justin Hulls
Well-managed, well-designed MPAs have major, quantifiable conservation benefits that are now clearly demonstrated in the science.
To download and view the latest Reef Life Survey Foundation Annual Report for 2013, please click on the link below*.
*Please note that due to web difficulties, this is a low resolution version of the report. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to obtain a high quality copy of the report. We hope to rectify this problem as soon as possible, thanks for your patience.
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PhotosRLS worldwide marine surveys RLS Tropical Survey Expedition – Photos from the east
Here are a few pictures taken by RLS divers during the east coast leg of the Tropical survey expedition. Read More →
ReportsWorld’s largest survey of marine parks results in paper published in Nature. RLSF Annual Report 2012/13
Other HeadlinesLord Howe Island Survey Trip – written by RLS diver, John Turnbull
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