The continuous plankton recorder survey stretched from the Leeuwin Current in the west to the East Australia Current
On this part of the race track one must consider the state of the East Australia Current as well as the weather.
(viii) East Australia Current. Apart from the obvious advantages in capturing current moving south with you, whenever the situation arises where surface wind opposes the current, a very nasty seaway can be created.
In winter cool water flows eastward through the Bass Strait and plunges down the continental shelf under the warm East Australia Current
like a waterfall, creating choppy waters above.
* The Australian Continuous Plankton Recorder survey (AusCPR) has successfully deployed a plankton recorder behind the commercial vessel ANL Windarra from Brisbane to Melbourne on 27-29 June, collecting the first monthly samples for phytoplankton and zooplankton species identification along the East Australia Current