There may be a number of reasons for this, the primary one being that no type of fishing is allowed in the marine park, whereas many means of fishing are allowed in the Channel.
The next step is to obtain more data from the channel as a recent snorkel trip off the reef in-front of our base in Mkwiro indicates that there maybe more in the channel than we first thought.
We have taken numerous photos which it is hoped will help us to identify which species we have not seen before.
In the meantime we will continue to snorkel transect 10 as much as we can.
This transect is located on the South-East side of Kisite Island and is therefore inaccessible for much of the year, when we have strong winds and rough seas.
The transect was very interesting and whilst quite close to transect 9 it was also quite different.
These fish have distinct morphological features that brought them huge success to this class, like movable fins for well controlled swimming at great speeds avoiding predators or to pursue the prey.
One really important advanced feature is the gas-filled or fat-filled bladders that provide the effectiveness of the buoyancy in to the water-column.
Rachel Zabari – December 2010 Some information taken from Allen et al.
2003, Our marine programme has had a recent addition that we are all very excited about!!!
Parrotfish do not have a true stomach and much of what they eat returns to the reef as sand- it is thought that larger species can deposit up to 5000 pounds of sediment in a year!
They vary greatly in colour, the females are often dull and the males brightly coloured, although they are hermaphrodites and can change their sex and colour depending on what phase they are in which makes identifying them a challenge!!
Parrotfish (Scaridae) are a common site on most coral reefs and feed on algae, coral and sea grass.