RLS discovers new population of Red handfish (Thymichthys politus)
A team of Reef Life Survey divers has discovered a new population of critically endangered Red handfish (Thymichthys politus) in southeastern Tasmania.
The new population was found after a tip off from the public sparked the search of the new area by RLS divers Toni Cooper, Rick Stuart-Smith, Carolina Garcia, Louise De Beuzeville, Martin Puchert, Ondine Pontier & Nelson Roberts. On the Tuesday, the team had undertaken monitoring of what has been believed to be the last known population of the species in Frederick Henry Bay, and had found and photographed eight individuals there. This alone was incredible news, as only between 1 and 5 individuals have been seen in any year of monitoring over the last 7 years or so, and there has been just too little data to be able to make any estimate of the population size.