Speak up about rare fish
CALLING all divers on the Coffs Coast.
The Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (NRCMA) and Southern Cross University researchers are mapping threatened and protected marine species for the first time and they want to speak to local divers.
“There are many people involved in diving and recreation who collectively spend a lot of time in the water. This potentially provides a great source of information on the distribution of species that we can collate and check,” SCU Associate Professor Stephen Smith said.
“We know that records for this area are inadequate. This community-based approach is the first important step in building up our knowledge of threatened species in the Northern Rivers region.”
Information provided by the public will be compiled and verified by researchers to set up a baseline to assess future changes to populations.
Divers and spearfishers can contribute to the survey by contacting Steve Dalton at the National Marine Science Centre on 6648 3927 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.