Gladstone Western Basin BPAR Monitoring: August - November 2015

Davies, Jaclyn, Bryant, Catherine, and Rasheed, Michael (2016) Gladstone Western Basin BPAR Monitoring: August - November 2015. Report. TropWATER, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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[Extract] The dredging projects associated with port expansion in the Western Basin were identified as potentially posing a high level of environmental risk to the marine habitats of the area, particularly to seagrass meadows. A detailed seagrass and light assessment program has been established for the Western Basin Dredging and Disposal Project (WBDDP) to assist in management of the project during and after dredging. This program includes a requirement for continued assessment of seagrasses and Benthic Photosynthetically Active Radiation (BPAR) or benthic light following the end of dredging activities to assess seagrass recovery. These post-dredge seagrass and light monitoring requirements are outlined in several conditions and plans connected with the WBDDP and a strategy to meet them was developed and endorsed by the Dredge Technical Reference Panel.

In May 2014, benthic light monitoring equipment was also established at additional sites (Colosseum Inlet, South Trees and Quoin Island) to expand the seagrass and light assessment program to areas most likely to be impacted by dredging associated with the proposed Channel Duplication project. These sites were decommissioned in August 2015. For more information, please see Davies et al (2015a).

Item ID: 45872
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: seagrass, light, Gladstone Western Basin, Gladstone Harbour, BPAR, benthic PAR, light monitoring,
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A report for Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC)

Funders: Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC)
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 04:15
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050204 Environmental Impact Assessment @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961102 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 50%
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