RLSF Annual Report 2020

Some of this year's highlights include:

  • 13th Consecutive Monitoring Surveys at Rottnest Island Completed: The spread of COVID-19 in early 2020 saw the world come to an almost complete standstill but the need to collect robust data and to continue monitoring the marine environment remained a high priority. Fortunately, an easing of restrictions in WA in early April provided a perfect opportunity for a team of [sociallydistanced] RLS divers to head out & complete the 13th consecutive year of monitoring at Rottnest Island.
  • First Red Handfish (Thymichthys politus) population census undertakenby RLS divers: In association with the University of Tasmania & thanks to funding from The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, a group of RLS volunteers spent 4 days in January 2020 conducting the first-ever full census of the only know Red Handfish (Thymicthys politus) populations in the world.
  • 2019/20 saw 563 surveys completed from 236 sites by 54 divers.

Key publications:

Download 2020 Annual Report


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