Image Gallery: Fish Fieldwork - NORFANZ, May - June 2003

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

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

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, but without question the most famous find was 'Mr Blobby'.