Reef Life Survey (RLS) aims to improve biodiversity conservation and the sustainable management of marine resources by coordinating surveys of rocky and coral reefs using scientific methods, with the ultimate goal to improve coastal stewardship. Our activities depend on the skills of experienced and motivated recreational SCUBA divers, partnerships with management agencies and university researchers, and active input from the RLS Advisory Committee.
RLS data are freely available to the public for non-profit purposes, so not only managers, but also groups such as local dive clubs or schools may use these data to look at changes over time in their own local reefs. By making data freely available and through public outputs, RLS aims to raise broader community awareness of the status of Australia’s marine biodiversity and associated conservation issues.
The Reef Life Survey Data Portal is hosted and maintained by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies at the University of Tasmania, Australia.
This project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program.
The Reef Life Survey Data Portal is also supported by the following organisations: