Late 2007 and early 2008, AATAMS in collaboration with CSIRO and AIMS deployed nearly one hundreds acoustic receivers off Ningaloo Reef. The receivers were deployed as three curtains up and down the Ningaloo Reef coast, as well as three arrays investigating habitat use, movements, and residence time of coral reef fishes, sharks, and rays.
However, only weeks after the last deployments, Cyclone Nicholas traveled down the Ningaloo Reef coast on top of the curtains and arrays. Luckily, we had the opportunity to check on the majority of the moorings and receivers after the cyclone had passed and all of the checked moorings were still present at the deployed locations. No damage could be seen.
This is great news for AATAMS confirming that the mooring design is strong enough to withstand cyclonic winds. We are looking forward recovering and downloading the receivers in July.