Our expedition to the remote Kermadec Islands

In May 2011, Australian Museum marine scientists Mark McGrouther, Stephen Keable and Mandy Reid joined scientists from New Zealand on an historic expedition to one of the most volcanically active regions on earth. The remote, volcanic Kermadec Islands are about 3000 kilometres north-east of Sydney and are one of the few places where the marine environment is largely unaffected by human activity.

Stephen Keable collecting at the Kermadecs

Photographer: Mandy Reid © Australian Museum

Mark McGrouther (fishes), Mandy Reid (molluscs) and Stephen Keable (marine invertebrates) joined forces with scientists from the Auckland Museum, National Museum of New Zealand Tepapa Tongarewa, and the New Zealand Department of Conservation on an expedition that spent 3 weeks collecting specimens to record the biodiversity of this largely undocumented region.

In a world increasingly affected by climate change, sea level rise and ocean acidification, it is important that we get to know as much about marine areas as possible. Our expedition increased the known fish fauna of the islands by over 10%. We are still studying the invertebrate specimens but expect to find a significant number of new species.

These images form part of a small time capsule we gathered to help us understand how to manage and conserve the biodiversity of this magnificent region.

Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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