Science on the reef

Eleven kilometres off the coast of Patea, a citizen science enterprise called Project Reef Life is working to document a coastal reef habitat.

Produced by New Zealand Geographic

Work continues even during winter months when rivers run heavy with sediment, reducing visibility on the reef to just a couple of metres.

Bruce Boyd and Joshua Richardson fix a hydrophone to a mooring block to monitor reef sounds that will build a picture of both the reef ecosystem and passing traffic, such as whales. Fish are relatively abundant, as are harmless carpet sharks.

 

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