Subtidal Reef Monitoring And Community Awareness Project

 

The range extension of the long-spined sea urchin to eastern Tasmania and the resultant overgrazing of kelp beds has been of marked interest to recreational divers over past decades. Receiving financial support for a subtidal reef monitoring and community awareness project from the Tasmanian Government’s Fishwise fund, the Tasmanian recreational dive clubs decided that re-surveying the abundance of this ecologically important sea urchin, relative to baselines established in 2001/02, should be the key priority of their project. Dive club volunteers were trained to identify sea urchins and assess sea urchin abundance using basic subtidal reef monitoring techniques.

 

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Recfishing Research Executive Officer
Owen Li
e: owenl@uow.edu.au

p: 0413148222

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