Hungry Point Cronulla Project Overview

Report of Meeting with George Cotis and Prof. Alberto Albani
Monday Feb 2nd 2015

A project in Port Hacking for UNSW has been flagged by me with John Turnbull. I met today at Cronulla with George Cotis and Alberto Albani and they have provided the following information as to what they require.

They require a photographic record of growth/life on 5 pylons at the wharf located at the old Fisheries Research Centre at Cronulla (now Marine Rescue NSW). Photos of the “sunny” side facing west, and the “shady” side, facing east are needed. They would like a set of photos taken this month, and another set in August.

From what I saw this morning, I think this would be easily achievable in one session down there. Access to the site is perfect… a car or 2 can be parked almost at water’s edge! LUXURY. The water access is very easy, either form the shore or a set of steps on the wharf. The environment and depth would be similar to Balmoral and Clifton Gardens pool.


Access is a dream! Room for one or 2 cars easily almost at water’s edge… or transfer all heavy gear to one car.. a short walk from the bigger carpark.

Modus operandi

Only 5 pylons to be recorded. A measuring tape reel is attached above the water to establish a datum point and weighted on the bottom to provide a reference for the photos. It is VITAL that the all photos must be taken from the same distance from the pylon. Alberto suggested some sort of measuring rod attached to the housing to achieve this.


The photos should show the complete width of the pylon with some water on either side and can overlap if necessary on the vertical plane. The bottom line of this is of course the camera gear used; One diver/photographer and one helper would get the job done, two diver/photographers and helpers would get it done quicker of course. There will be no problem with above-water help on the day.

It was suggested that perhaps a ‘dummy run’ could be done on a pylon at either Balmoral or Clifton Gardens to make sure the process is easily achieved; it’s a bit of a long run down to Cronulla from the North Shore, so a local ‘trial’ makes sense to me. Results of the trial can be emailed to Alberto so he can be satisfied that all is in order.

The dive day at Cronulla is ideally a weekday, as there is some boating activity by Marine Rescue at the wharf at weekends. Tides are not so important, as the wharf is well flushed due to its proximity to the open sea. Access is confirmed for us; we met the CEO, Mr STACEY TANNOS who is very willing to assist George and Alberto. We’d have a pre-dive briefing (room available for that) and afterwards, Alberto would download the images to a lap-top and take it from there.

Read the project report from February 2015 survey