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RLS divers 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 & international locations. The latest news from activities from the RLS network is posted here. 
MarineGEO in British Columbia

This summer the Smithsonian’s MarineGEO program along with the Hakai Institute conducted a marine BioBlitz survey in the coastal waters of British Columbia. Over 40 researchers from a dozen institutions spent three weeks participating in collections, processing of Autonomous Reef Monitoring Structures (ARMS), and visual surveys.

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Ningaloo RLS Surveys 2017

RLS just got back from Ningaloo Reef where 8 dedicated RLS divers completed 7 days of surveys, adding 73 transects to the database across 26 sites.

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NSW Mid North Coast RLS Surveys 2017

This year saw the annual Port Stephens and Solitary Islands surveys run back to back.

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Rottnest Island WA - 10th Annual Survey Weekend

Big blue groper, dhufish and lobsters being protected within sanctuary zones….These were discussed with the Rottnest Island Authority the day before the 10th annual RLS monitoring weekend at Rottnest Island. This discussion proved almost prophetic, with the surveys over the weekend finding lobsters abundant, more dhufish than ever in the last decade (at least 14 across four different sites), and four blue groper (one a very large male).

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Geographe Commonwealth Marine Reserve WA

RLS recently surveyed Cod Grounds Commonwealth Marine Reserve in Western Australia, with the team recording 76 species of fish on method 1 and 35 species of invertebrates and cryptic fishes on method 2.

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