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The Fish section spent a day in the field collecting fishes in Sydney Harbour in March 1998.

Painted Grinner in Sydney Harbour
A Painted Grinner in Sydney Harbour, New South Wales. Image: Rudie Kuiter
© Rudie Kuiter

The dive attracted significant media interest because 43 species of fishes were collected from a single kelp bed in just over one hour of collecting. This goes against the impression many people have of Sydney Harbour as a desolated underwater wasteland.

Some of the specimens collected were used in the Australian Museum's Biodiversity gallery which opened in September 1998.