Fish Fieldwork - Sydney Harbour, March 1998

The Fish section spent a day in the field collecting fishes in Sydney Harbour in March 1998.

Painted Grinner in Sydney Harbour

Painted Grinner in Sydney Harbour
Photographer: Rudie Kuiter © Rudie Kuiter

The dive attracted significant media interest because 43 species of fishes were collected from a single kelp bed in just over one hour of collecting. This goes against the impression many people have of Sydney Harbour as a desolated underwater wasteland.

Some of the specimens collected were used in the Australian Museum's Biodiversity gallery which opened in September 1998.

Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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