By: Kate Lee
Using acoustic telemetry to assess reserve size for the charismatic Blue Groper
This project aims to assess whether the current size of Bronte-Coogee Aquatic Reserve (south of Bondi, Sydney) is adequate for the conservation of the Eastern Blue Groper. The Blue Groper is regarded as an iconic marine species and is popular with snorkelers and recreational divers.
This project is being carried out as part of a Masters being undertaken by Kate Lee and collaborates with a number of organisations. This includes the Department of Environment and Climate Change (DECC), Macquarie University, Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS), AATAMS, Flinders University and SARDI, Randwick and Waverley Councils. The Bronte-Coogee Aquatic Reserve was declared a protected area in part for the conservation of the Blue Groper and fishing for this species is prohibited in a large area of the reserve but there have been requests made for the protected area to be extended. This project involves tagging a number of both male and female Blue Gropers in and around the current reserve with acoustic transmitters and recording their movements with