In February/March 2004, surveys of benthic habitats and fish faunas were undertaken in deeper waters of the Commonwealth waters surrounding Lord Howe and Balls Pyramid rises. With limited time available to undertake the work, local knowledge from resident fishermen was employed to target areas of bathymetric and piscatorial interest across both rises.
A towed underwater video camera, with a still camera attached was used to obtain video and still images of habitats and epibenthos. Baited remote underwater video stations (BRUVS (TM)) were used as a non-extractive method to sample the fish and shark fauna.
Plans to use a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for further surveys were abandoned due to adverse weather conditions.