Farewell from Ningaloo
By Rebecca Leech
3 June 2010
The CReefs Ningaloo 2010 expedition has come to a close.
The expedition has given Australian and international marine scientists the opportunity to collect samples from a large but mostly understudied reef. It has also provided an important forum for researchers from different areas of specialised expertise within marine science to collaborate with, and learn from each other.
Many researchers will return to their home laboratories to confirm and describe new species discovered in the past three weeks. Others will increase their understanding of existing species.
The work of the researchers who participated in the CReefs project will contribute significantly to our knowledge of the plants and animals that live on coral reefs, and the wider picture of what lives in the world's oceans, as part of the Census of Marine Life. This will be the last field trip to Ningaloo Reef as part of the CReefs project, but CReefs will visit Lizard and Heron Islands later in the year.