Mackay Fringing Reefs

During January we revisited the fringing reefs in the Mackay Region that we have been monitoring for over a decade. We were working for North Queensland Bulk Ports, who run the Ports of Mackay and Hay Point, via TropWater at JCU in Townsville. Although Mackay had missed most of the wet season rain we had storms around us during this work and got rained on regularly.

We were lucky with the water conditions and underwater visibility was about 5 metres which made the diving easy. The reefs were healing following the damage from Cyclone Debbie in March 2017 and most corals were healthy. There was no evidence of bleaching from the 2018 summer period. As usual we saw some amazing sights on these fringing reefs and I'll post a few pictures below.