Deakin Expands Work in Apollo Marine Park with Parks Australia

Newly captured satellite imagery reveals a complex seabed of deep reefs underneath the waters of Bass Strait, which has been sustaining life for fish and other marine life for millennia.

Image Courtesy: Ierodiaconou

Apollo Marine Park, south of Cape Otway in south-west Victoria has excited researchers as new satellite imagery has shown the area to be an important hotspot for marine biodiversity. This includes habitats supporting deep water corals, sponges, fish communities and commercially valuable rock lobster.

Associate Professor Daniel Ierodiaconou said that ‘not only is this information critical to our understanding of the marine park in Bass Strait, it will also help Parks Australia target future research efforts including where to deploy underwater cameras, so that we can learn more about these rarely seen marine communities and individual species far below the water’s surface.

And director of National Parks and head of Parks Australia, Dr James Findlay, said that ‘detailed mapping of the seafloor and other science is fundamental’ in conserving biodiversity and providing optimal socio-economic benefits for the community. Many thanks to iXblue and Parks Australia who in partnership with the Deakin University team, conducted multibeam sonar surveys aboard Deakin’s research vessel, MV Yolla.

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Last edited on the April 12th, 2021.

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