Chin, Andrew (2005) Seagrasses. In: Chin, Andrew, (ed.) The State of the Great Barrier Reef Online. Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Townsville, QLD, Australia, pp. 1-15.

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[Extract] Seagrasses are flowering plants and occur in the coastal, estuarine, reef and deepwater habitats of the Great Barrier Reef. Fifteen of the sixty known species of seagrass worldwide occur in Queensland, most of which are widespread. Seagrasses are commonly found in shallow waters less than 10m deep. However, recent surveys have mapped seagrasses down to a depth of 60m. At these depths, the Halophila species are predominant. Recent estimates suggest that seagrass beds cover approximately 13% of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA), indicating the presence of some 6,000 square kilometres of shallow seagrass habitat and a further 40,000 square kilometres of deepwater seagrass habitat in the Great Barrier Reef.

Item ID: 29219
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-1-876945-34-3
Keywords: seagrass, Great Barrier Reef
Funders: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 00:22
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 50%
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