June 7 - 13, 2020: Issue 453
Dr. Isobel Ida Bennett AO
Long Reef was described by Newport's Isobel Bennett, by then one of Australia’s pioneering marine biologists, as a ‘living museum’.
Isobel Bennett - photo courtesy NSW DPI
By the 1970s Long Reef’s aquatic flora and fauna had become seriously depleted due to intensive collection for food and bait. In 1974 a scientific team from the Australian Museum, including Isobel Bennett, Elizabeth Pope and Phil Colman began a campaign to protect Long Reef for scientific research and education.
Long Reef was declared an aquatic reserve in 1980 - with 40th anniversary celebrations occurring at present.