In Tasmania, shallow reefs are significant to commercial and recreational fisheries for scalefish and invertebrates. While the structure, composition, and functioning of shallow-reefs and their associated fish communities has been studied extensively, the ecological importance of deeper reef ecosystems has not been investigated apart from recent baseline studies of offshore Commonwealth marine protected areas. Linkages and associations between fish communities in shallow and deeper reef areas remain a distinct knowledge gap. This project seeks to apply a variety of techniques including habitat mapping, underwater video surveys, catch sampling and modelling to address this gap in our understanding.
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Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
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