Welcome to Reef Life Survey
Reef Life Survey (RLS) aims to improve biodiversity conservation and the sustainable management of marine resources through the production of high-quality survey information at spatial and temporal scales beyond those possible by scientific dive teams (which have to work with increasingly limited resources). It does this through the skills of experienced and motivated recreational SCUBA divers, as well as through partnerships with management agencies and a steering committee comprising managers, scientists and recreational divers (see RLS Steering Committee). RLS thus represents a dynamic cooperation between scientists, marine managers and recreational SCUBA divers, such that the skills and resources available for collecting, analysing, interpreting and effectively using broad-scale, sub-tidal biodiversity information are maximised.
Of course, we had some good survey dives at Port Stephens, and some not so good ones. The dates coincided with 6.5m seas and lots of heavy rain, so as you would expect, the viz deteriorated, and not even Rick recommended surveying on the Sunday! But following up my PS trip with 9 days live-aboard diving at the Poor Knights in New Zealand, caused me to reflect a little.
The sailing catamaran, Reef Dragon, recently spent 3 weeks hosting Reef Life Surveys in Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, as part of the planned circumnavigation of Australia by yacht.
Some pictures from the Western Australia leg of the RLS Lap of Australia survey trip. Read the story »
Informal report on RLS surveys by RLS survey diver Tom Davis
NewsPort Stephens Survey weekend with Reef Dragon By Andrew Green Reef Dragon in Port Davey by Ian Shaw
PhotosRLS 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 →RLS Tropical Survey Expedition – Photos from the west
Some pictures from the Western Australia leg of the RLS Lap of Australia survey trip. Read More →
ReportsRLSF Annual Report 2011/12 Seasonal variations in fish species richness in Nelson Bay
Informal report on RLS surveys by RLS survey diver Tom Davis Read More →