RLS Annual Report 2019

Some of this year's highlights include:

  • -Reef Life Survey expanded into Canada and Chile this year , and trained new volunteers in New Zealand.
  • -Two ecological indicators for ocean warming and fishing pressure, based on Reef Life Survey data, are now being used to independently track progress towards the UN Sustainable Development goals & the Convention on Biological Diversity goals.
  • -This year, Reef Life Survey monitoring of the critically endangered Red Handfish (Thymichthys politus) played a pivotal role in the establishment of a new conservation project for these weird and charismatic fish: The Handfish Conservation Project!
  • -Following a summer of intense bleaching events and cyclones in the Great Barrier Reef & remote Coral Sea, a team of RLS divers headed offshore aboard the catamaran Eviota to gather critical biodiversity information on the affected reefs.
  • -2018/19 represents the first year where Reef Life Survey's local teams in Western Australia, New South Wales and South Australia have independently organised the monitoring of their local sites and the training of new volunteer divers!
  • -2018/19 saw 759 surveys completed by 64 divers across 330 sites.

Key publications:

Download 2019 Annual Report


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