Report of Representative On Great Barrier Reef Committee.
Four meetings of the Committee were held during the past year.
Publications: The second volume of the Committee's Reports has been received from the printer and distributed.
British Expedition: The overseas members of the British Barrier Reef Expedition, under the leadership of Dr. C. M. Yonge, arrived in Brisbane on July 9th, 1928, and left for Low Isles on the 11th. The expedition is now established on Low Island, 40 miles from Cairns, where all equipment from England was safely landed. Since the arrival of the expedition regular hydrographic and plankton work has been carried out. Various zoological studies have been commenced, including the life history of the commercial Trochus, corals, algae, pearl oysters, and the bionomics of boring organisms. Work is also being carried out on the oxygen and phosphate content of sea water in which corals have been kept.
Various members of the staffs of the Australian Museums and Universities will Join the expedition for short periods.
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The above expenditure includes £1,000 grant to the British Expedition.
(Signed) W. R. B. Oliver,
N.Z. Institute Representative.