Fish Fieldwork - NORFANZ, May - June 2003

Over 20 scientists from Australia, New Zealand, France and the USA surveyed the fish and marine invertebrate faunas of seamounts along the two major submarine mountain ranges in the Tasman Sea.

Blobfish, Psychrolutes (aka Mr Blobby)

Kerryn Parkinson © NORFANZ Founding Parties

For four weeks during May and June 2003, Mark McGrouther, John Paxton and Kerryn Parkinson participated in the joint New Zealand and Australia Norfolk Ridge - Lord Howe Rise Biodiversity Voyage (NORFANZ).

Over 150 trawls were made at depths down to 2000 m to collect specimens from these poorly known areas. A large number of new species were collected including the famous 'Mr Blobby'.

The NORFANZ voyage was funded by the National Oceans Office and the New Zealand Ministry of Fisheries. Scientific support was provided by CSIRO and the New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research Ltd.

The full cruise report can be viewed on the Department of Environment and Heritige website.

View further information including a photo gallery and a daily voyage diary.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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