Reel in vi­sion of our amaz­ing marine life

Pinjarra Murray Times - - NEWS -

• Mo­bil­i­ties (New & Used) • Sun Top Canopies • Shop­ping Bag Car­ri­ers • Tyres & Tubes • Bat­ter­ies • Spare Parts • Ac­ces­sories & More RECFISHWEST’s world-first marine cit­i­zen sci­ence pro­gram Reef Vi­sion is set to be launched 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 bit 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 • Sales & In­struc­tion • Mo­bil­ity Hires • Ser­vic­ing & Re­pairs • Mod­i­fi­ca­tions • Bat­tery Test­ing • Pick Up & De­liv­er­ies • Free Quotes 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,” Reef Vi­sion vol- un­teer Garry Dyer said.

“The more the com­mu­nity can do to help out, the bet­ter it is for us as fish­ers and for the fu­ture of our fish­eries.”

Recfishwest re­search of­fi­cer James Floris­son said pas­sion­ate vol­un­teers were con­tribut­ing to real sci­ence in an ef­fort to make fish­ing bet­ter in WA, and they were 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,” he said.

“They’re the back­bone of Reef Vi­sion and we can’t thank them enough.”

To be part of the Peel Reef Vi­sion pro­gram, email steph@recfishwest.org.au.

Reef Vi­sion cap­tures footage of the marine life around the ar­ti­fi­cial reefs.

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