Reef Life Australia

Reef Life Survey (RLS) divers in Australia not only undertake monitoring of their local dive sites, but regularly gather in teams to survey targeted priority sites for long-term monitoring, or participate in survey expeditions to remote locations. The latest news from activities from the Australian RLS network is posted here

Our Recent Articles:

Ningaloo Survey Trip Highlights 2016

This year a team of eight dedicated RLS divers surveyed 31 long-term reef monitoring sites in the Ningaloo Marine Park and Muiron Islands. Eloise Ashworth, Harri Davies, Paul Day, Jen Hoskin, Ben Jones, Alicia McArdle and Kevin Smith joined Rick at the Murdoch...

Volunteer Spotlight: Don Love

Don was recently interviewed out at Beware Reef by the ABC, after recording the 100th species of fish in the area.   National Volunteer Week was in May.  As a volunteer-based organization, RLS recognizes the incredible work done by motivated people.  RLS...

Rottnest Island -May 2016

  The ninth consecutive, annual Rottnest Island survey weekend was held on the 20-23rd May, and saw a large team of thirteen dedicated RLS divers gather at the research station. With an unfavourable forecast, everyone worked incredibly hard on the first Friday,...

Lord Howe Island – February 2016

Andrew and I had some trouble convincing the others, on returning to the boat, that we had seen the biggest nudibranch ever on Malabar Reef. It was climbing up over a ledge on our transect and I was so surprised by its size that I checked it alongside my glove

Jervis Bay 2016

Reef Life Survey volunteers have been surveying Jervis Bay Marine Park in New South Wales since 2008, continuing and filling gaps in the long-term monitoring of the marine park undertaken by the University of Tasmania and NSW Government (beginning in 1998). These...

National Volunteers Week 9-15 May

Happy National Volunteer Week, everyone! We wouldn't be here without the generous contributions of our volunteers, so from all of us at the Reef Life Survey Foundation we would like to say a very big Thank You! Your skills, time and experience contribute greatly to a...

On the Reefs of Rocky Cape, Tasmania

This February, RLS initiated a project with Cradle Coast Natural Resource Management (CCNRM), funded through the Natural Connections grants program. The project, funded by CCNRM with support from the Australian Government

RLS Sails Australia’s North: part 2 by Andrew Green

Thence to Thursday Island... The plan was to head towards PNG, to the Murray Islands near the northern limit of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), sampling some of the comparatively protected reefs fringing various islands on the way; then weather permitting, spend time at...

Port Phillip Bay Survey Weekend 2016

It had been a few years since the Reef Life Survey crew completed surveys in Port Phillip Bay, so we were determined to make the most of it. Armed with 2 boats and 8 divers (including 3 shiny new trainees), we descended on Point Lonsdale for four days of intense...

RLS Sails Australia’s North – part 1

‘Hit it once, then move on…’ …advice from a Northern Territory's Fisheries officer and ex-barra fisherman I ran into at Darwin airport, en route to Groote Eylandt to join the Gulf of Carpentaria leg on Eviota. He was of course referring to surveying in croc country,...

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