Monitoring marine reserves

Kate and Anna show off their adventurous side | Image by John Boyle

It made a change from swimming in paperwork when Kate Dunkerley and Anna Farnham visited Elizabeth and Middleton Reefs last month. The pair supported researchers from the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies as they surveyed one of the world’s southernmost reefs.

Kate and Anna completed a number of shipwreck assessments to monitor changes over time, and replaced water temperature data loggers which contribute to multi-agency climate change data. It was a fantastic opportunity to be part of the work they contribute so much towards from Canberra. Initial survey findings indicate a high number of Galapagos sharks and black cod – plus a low number of crown-of-thorns starfish.

Tanya, Parks Australia