Reef Life Survey is a non-profit citizen science program in which trained SCUBA divers undertake standardised underwater visual surveys of reef biodiversity on rocky and coral reefs around the world.
A team of five divers visited Norfolk Island in February/March 2021 to replicate two previous surveys. See the Coral reefs page. Group coordinator Antonia Cooper has advised that it would be wonderful if some Norfolk Islanders who are capable at diving would be willing to form a local group of volunteers to continue and expand the surveys. Science education is not required.
Given the threats to coral reefs world-wide from land-based pollution, over-fishing and, in particular, climate change, isolated reefs surrounded by deeper water such as those around Norfolk become particularly valuable as reference points. Reef Life Survey would welcome contact from Islanders willing to join this unique form of citizen science.