2020 Lap of australia 

In 2010, a small team of Reef Life Survey divers circumnavigated Australia by land, surveying over 500 coastal reef sites along the way.

In 2020, we're doing it all again... but this time, you're invited along for the ride!

track our progress below

MAIN MONITORING LOCATIONS
SITES ORIGINALLY SURVEYED DURING 2010 LAP OF AUS
SITES SURVEYED BETWEEN 2010-2020
SITES (RE)SURVEYED DURING 2020 LAP OF AUS

the stats

8%

OF ORIGINAL LAP OF AUS SITES 
RESURVEYED

231

TOTAL SITES SURVEYED

705

TOTAL SURVEYS COMPLETED

Recent blog Posts

Sydney Surveys, 2020

In early 2020, COVID-19 brought the majority of Reef Life Survey’s field activities to an immediate halt. Fortunately, a group of determined NSW volunteers and recognition that SCUBA diving does, in fact, classify as “exercise”, has allowed for the continuation of essential long-term monitoring of Sydney’s changing reefs.

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Annual Monitoring of Rottnest Island, WA - April 2020

2020 has seen the world come to an almost complete standstill but the need to collect robust data and to continue monitoring the marine environment remains a high priority.
Fortunately, an easing of restrictions in WA in early April provided a perfect opportunity for a team of [socially-distanced] RLS divers to head out & complete the 13th consecutive year of monitoring at Rottnest Island.

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Biennial Lord Howe Island surveys, Feb 2020

This February, a cracking team of RLS volunteers gathered on picturesque Lord Howe Island, NSW for the biennial RLS survey extravaganza!

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Port Phillip Bay surveys - Feb, 2020

For the 11th year, a small but hardy RLS team made the trip to Port Phillip Heads in Victoria to re-survey our long-term monitoring sites around the Bay.

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Fleurieu Peninsula, SA - Training & Surveys, Feb 2020

Amazing visibility, an abundance of cryptic fishes, and a visit from local underwater superhero "Kelpman" are just a few of the many highlights from our recent Fleurieu Peninsula, SA training & survey trip!

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Needle in a very large haystack: Searching for the critically-endangered Red Handfish

They’re 7cm long, like to hide under seaweed, don’t move much, and number fewer than a hundred adults left on the planet... Red Handfish surely are the world’s greatest hide-and-seek champions.
Fortunately, a keen team of RLS & IMAS divers were up for the challenge; spending 4 days this January seeking out & recording as many of these incredibly rare fish in SE Tasmania as they could find!

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