Baseline studies on the ecology of scavengers (mainly sea-lice) on the continental shelf and slope off eastern Australia
Principal Investigator: J.K. Lowry and S.D.A. Smith
1. To document the species of scavengers in eastern Australian marine waters.
2. To describe patterns in the structure of the scavenging guilds (groups ofspecies all making their living in the same way) in eastern Australian waters.
3. To relate these patterns to variables such as depth, temperature, latitude and sediment type.
4. To assess the effects of disturbance caused by trawling on the structure of the scavenging guilds.