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RLS Australia

Ningaloo Reef Trip Report by Tom Davis

Through generous support from a Western Australia State Natural Resource Management Project grant, RLS was able to complete another successful survey trip on Ningaloo Reef. The 2015 RLS expedition to Ningaloo started on 24th July with the team’s arrival at the Coral Bay research station on a cold and wintry night. Twelve team members (Rick, Tom, Nicola, Margo, Ben, Tim, Sophie, Kirsty, Kevin, John, Paul, and Jen) quickly familiarised themselves with the local setup, and diving commenced the next morning.

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RLS International

Reef Life Survey in Nicaragua

(FFI) have started RLS in Nicaragua, gathering a team of recreational divers and FFI staff for training in RLS methods during a 12 day field campaign on the Pacific coast in March. German Soler and Rick were there to train an incredibly keen (and very humorous) local crew, initiated by FFI’s Chelsea Combest-Friedman and supported by Oceans 5. Eleven volunteers, including seven divers, were trained and 22 sites added to SE Nicaragua.

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Scientific Papers


Loss of native rocky reef biodiversity in Australian metropolitan embayments

Marine Pollution Bulletin 95: 324-332 (2015)

RLS surveys around major cities show trends in marine life related to major pollution sources, and numerous introduced species in Hobart.

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