On Friday 5th April the Senior Science students were given the opportunity by Experience Marine Reserves to conduct a snorkel survey at Reotahi Marine Reserve. We were very lucky with the weather and the water was warm(ish)! Students did a great job collecting data for the marine reserves monitoring program and the marine meter square project. We saw lots of parore, juvenile snapper, goat fish, red moki and spotties. Samuel and Kahn also were lucky enough to see a large octopus
We carried out two timed swims to compare biodiversity and overall fish numbers inside the reserve and outside the reserve. We saw significantly more fish inside the reserve and also some big snapper which shows that the ecosystem is starting to recover.