Reef Life Survey is designed to develop and resource a network of skilled recreational divers for rapid and cost-effective assessment of the state of the inshore marine environment at the global scale. The project uses standardised underwater visual census methods employed by trained SCUBA divers to survey fish and invertebrate species and to record habitat type using photo quadrats - this particular dataset refers to the photo quadrats only.
Line transects 50 m in length are laid along a depth contour.
Information on the percentage cover of sessile animals and seaweeds along the transect lines are monitored using photo-quadrats taken sequentially each 2.5 m along the 50 m transect. Digital photo-quadrats are taken vertically-downward from a height sufficient to encompass an area of at least 0.3 m x 0.3 m.
GPS location, date, time, depth and visibility will also be recorded.
A Standardized Survey Procedures for Monitoring Reef Ecosystems is under revision, please contact the project for access (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities (CERF) Program, an Australian Government initiative supporting world class, public good research - Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
Marine Biodiversity Hub, a collaborative partnership supported through the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Program (NERP)
Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, University of Tasmania
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania
People and Parks Foundation
Caring for our Country, Community CoastCare Grant
NRM and local management boards around Australia
State Marine Biodiversity Management Agencies around Australia
Canon Environmental Grants program
Trained volunteer diver network
The dataset generated by recreational divers provides a national framework for monitoring the state of the inshore environment and the identification of those threats and locations of greatest conservation concern. The project also increases awareness and interest by the recreational diving community in marine issues, and enhanced scientific capacity of personnel in regional areas.