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Inaugural Near-Shore Reef Survey

In 2009, we coordinated the first comprehensive dive survey of the near-shore reefs of the Chain of Bays, with support provided by the Federal "Caring for our Country" initiative, and a team of South Australian and interstate divers, led by Dr. Marlene Davey from the University of Tasmania.
Data from our 2009 survey of the near-shore reefs of the Chain of Bays were provided to the Marine Branch of the South Australian Department for Environment and Heritage for analysis and to assist in the process of assessing the conservation significance of the marine environments of the Chain of Bays. Soon after our survey was conducted, the Department also sent a dive team to the area, and our survey helped to identify suitable locations for the subsequent survey. James Brook, a marine scientist working for the Department, has produced a scientific report on the results, incorporating both surveys. James concluded that there is a significant degree of variation between the near-shore reefs and also within individual sites. This indicates that the highly varied coastline of the Chain of Bays support a wide diversity of reef habitats. James also concluded that the reefs are very biodiverse, and that many of the fish recorded were of conservation concern. These findings support the view that a large Marine Park is needed to adequately represent the marine biodiversity of these waters.
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