Lionel A. Walford Library, James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory
An underwater photograph of encrusted concrete blocks in the Lesser Lameshur Bay artificial reef of St. John, USVI. The reef was commonly known as ‘Randall's Reef' after Ichthyologist John E. Randall. Randall, while working for the National Park Service, constructed the experimental reef of 800 concrete blocks in April 1960 to study of reef fish recruitment. From February 1968 to March 1969, Laboratory scientists and scuba divers John Pearce, James R. (Tony) Chess, and Larry Ogren performed research dives at Randall's Reef, as well as at Cow and Calf Reef and Jersey Bay, both of St. Thomas. During dives, the scientists gathered data for reef population studies and used a Multiple Disc Sampling Apparatus (MDSA) at the St. Thomas reef to study "larval settling, colonization, and succession of epibenthic organisms." Many underwater photographs of artificial reef fish and fauna were taken by the Laboratory divers as part of these studies.
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This item is part of a box of 118 large format negative slides, mostly featuring underwater photography, that originated from James R. Chess. All materials are part of the Laboratory's Lionel A. Walford Library permanent collection.