Johnny Gaskell

Coordinator - Reef Islands Initiative

Johnny Gaskell from Reef Catchments.

Johnny began his career in temperate waters after completing a Bachelor of Science (Fisheries Management and Aquaculture) as well as a Bachelor of Education (Science and Environmental Science). Johnny then worked in marine life education in Melbourne and surrounds, which lead to the publication of his first book ‘Beneath our Bay’ and marine life identification app ‘Sea Life Australia’.

Since moving to the Whitsundays in 2014, Johnny has spent most of his time either underwater or on Daydream Island where he developed the island’s coral restoration facility and the Living Reef underwater observatory. His change in scene from kelp forests to coral reefs inspired a new focus on coral reef ecology, health and recovery.

While working in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Johnny has led many coral monitoring expeditions throughout the Great Barrier Reef to gain a greater understanding of coral condition over a large scale. Applying this knowledge to local reefs, Johnny has coordinated a number of local reef recovery initiatives brought upon as a result of the impacts caused by Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Johnny’s aim is to apply all available knowledge on local fringing reefs to determine the best possible actions that need to be taken to help preserve coral in the Whitsundays.