200 divers changing marine science

The Reef Life Survey team has harnessed the efforts of 200 divers around the planet to create a unique global dataset that’s generating significant scientific findings.

Their data has shown, for example, that nutrients leaking from fish farms often extend hundreds of metres from the farm, rather than tens of metres as assumed in regulations. And they’ve shown that marine protected areas can take decades to recover from fishing.

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