PEDRA Branca is a rock marooned almost 30 kilometres off Tasmania's south-east.
The island is ecologically rich, and hosts an important bird rookery, as well as the endemic Pedra Branca Skink.
It is also the last place New Zealander Hamish Saunders was seen alive.
On April 15, 2003, the 26-year- old oceanographer was washed into the sea during an endangered species survey.
His body was never found.
In the 10 years since his death, the Tasmanian government and the Hamish Saunders Memorial Trust have worked to continue his passion for marine conservation, sponsoring two New Zealand students each year to survey the ecology of remote Tasmanian islands.
This year students and Tasmanian researchers will be working on sites around Bruny Island - incidentally the site of the Hamish Saunders memorial, and a straight shot to Pedra Branca.
"Obviously, because it is 10 years since Hamish was lost, and because this is fairly close to Pedra Branca ... It's a very poignant destination for the family," Hamish's older brother Andrew Saunders said.
The program started in 2005 with an expedition to Tasman Island, and has since expanded to include islands in Bass Strait and Macquarie Harbour, Flinders Island, and sites off the state's the east and north west coasts.
Andrew, now 39, said the program had uncovered important information that would have otherwise remained hidden.
"Because of their remoteness, these islands are places that have not been surveyed in a long time, or even at all," Mr Saunders said.
"They are unique ecosystems, often with their own set of species."