The Catlin Seaview Survey is currently carrying out a survey in Sydney. It's an exciting development for the project - looking at how we can expand the scope of work from monitoring coral reefs to include other important marine environments.
We're partnering with the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS) to record and reveal critical areas of the outer harbour and surrounding Sydney coastline. Some of the picturesque locations that have been surveyed include North, South and Middle Head, North Bondi/Ben Buckler, outside of Manly Beach and Shark Island.
Our science team at the University of Queensland have been working closely with Dr. Emma Johnston, Director of the SIMS Harbour Program and her team to identify the sites that needed to be surveyed. The SIMS Harbour Program aims to expand understanding of the diversity and dynamics of Sydney Harbour and of how human actions influence our underwater world.
Having completed a pilot temperate water survey in Monaco in 2013 the team was excited to pull on their thicker wetsuits and work again in a cooler water location. These environments look incredibly different to what we see on tropical coral reefs. Huge pink boulders and bright green kelp beds provide habitat for an incredible variety of marine creatures and typify what can be seen beneath the surface of Sydney Harbour.
We’re excited for November when we’ll be involved with the IUCN World Parks Conference, being held in Sydney. At the event we’ll be launching our Sydney surveys in Google Maps which will allow anyone to take a virtual dive into the heart of Sydney’s underwater world.
If you can’t wait for November you can view some of our Sydney imagery here.