Recfishwest needs volunteers to help film Peel Reef Vision


Marine life around the artificial reef.
Marine life around the artificial reef.

RECFISHWEST’s world first marine citizen science program Reef Vision is set to launch in the Peel region this month.

It’s only missing one thing – amateur videographers.

To kick off Peel Reef Vision, Recfishwest needs passionate and committed fishers to help showcase the development and success of the Mandurah Artificial Reef and do their part for fishing and science.

The Peel Reef Vision Program will build on the two successful and ongoing Reef Vision monitoring programs on the Dunsborough and Bunbury Artificial Reefs.

Reef Vision is a research project that uses passionate fishers to collect vital and exciting footage of the fish and marine life on artificial reefs to assist in the monitoring and development of the reefs.

Reef Vision volunteers have collected more than 400 hours of valuable footage from 212 videos of the Bunbury and Dunsborough reefs.

These videos have revealed more than 34,000 individual fish from 82 different species including dhufish, samson fish, baldchin groper, pink snapper and large schools of mulloway.

Reef Vision volunteers throw specialised baited underwater camera systems out from their boat and record an hour of video footage over the artificial reefs while they are fishing.

This footage is later analysed by university researchers and students to see what fish are using the reefs.

“This was something that I could do to give back to the community, the more the community can do to help out, the better it is for us as fishers and for the future of our fisheries,” Reef Vision volunteer Garry Dyer said.

Recfishwest’s research officer James Florisson said passionate volunteers are contributing to real science, in an effort to make fishing better in WA, and are key to the program’s success.

“It’s important for us to know what’s happening on these reefs, and it’s even more important that the volunteers are enjoying their time collecting the footage for us; they’re the backbone of Reef Vision and we can’t thank them enough,” he said.

To be part of Peel Reef Vision Program email steph@recfishwest.org.au.

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