With 60 others, I jumped aboard the Rosman Ferry Proclaim last week for a 5 hour cruise in acknowledgement of International Biodiversity Day. The National Maritime Museum and WEA, together with the University of NSW and the new Sydney Institute of Marine Science cruised us around a range of sites in the harbour to discuss its health and its marine populations.
It was a perfect autumn day to be on the water, and the stormy backdrop added considerably to the charm of the day.
As we chugged around west of the bridge, Dr Alistair Poore, from UNSW, chatted to us about the original shoreline and the impact on marine diversity of the alterations to this shoreline necessary as the city developed. He showed us sites where there was joint venture research between our universities to ameliorate the hard lines of much of the harbour foreshore.