September 21, 2017 - - Uncategorized
Hideaway Island Revisited
The story continues….
Another successful excursion by the University of Newcastle’s Marine Science team to the beautiful Hideaway Island in Vanuatu. Leaving winter behind, we arrived to warmth and sunshine with water temperatures hovering around 26 degrees, making it ideal for our water activities. As usual, we were welcomed by the friendly staff who did everything within their power to make our stay an enjoyable one.
On this visit,we continued our work on the coral reef regeneration program, gathering information for further study and “replanting” more pieces of broken coral onto the structures. Whilst not all there planted coral survives, it is exciting to see when there is new growth,either from previous gardening attempts or from natural processes, creating vital habitat and providing sources of food. Evenings were spent identifying many of the different species photographed in and around the structures during the day and planning the next day’s activities.In future visits we hope to continue with the coral regeneration program and to add to the fish identification and abundance surveys. In particular, this December will see groups of Marine Science students from the University of Newcastle endeavor to design regeneration plans for the individual structures.
We would like to thank all the Hideaway staff for their continued support of this valuable program through monitoring and photographing the structures. We certainly look forward to working together for many years to come.