Gladstone Permanent Transect Seagrass Monitoring: February 2012 interim update report

McCormack, C.V., and Rasheed, M.A. (2012) Gladstone Permanent Transect Seagrass Monitoring: February 2012 interim update report. Report. Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Seagrass has been monitored quarterly at permanent transects at seven locations in Port Curtis and Rodds Bay since November 2009 (excluding Redcliffe which has been monitored since August 2010) (see maps on pages 3 to 6). The program was established to determine within and among year variation in seagrass condition and form the key sensitive receptor sites for assessing seagrass condition during the Western Basin dredging operation.

In September 2011, Gladstone Ports Corporation Limited commissioned additional monthly surveys outside of the regular quarterly monitoring to provide more frequent assessments of seagrass condition during dredging operations. These additional monthly surveys are conducted aerially to avoid damaging sites through repeated on-ground sampling.

In December 2011, an additional permanent transect site was established at Wiggins Island due to the development of the Wiggins Island Coal Terminal near the original site. Both sites will continue to be monitored to determine if there are significant differences in seagrass communities between sites.

This interim update report provides results for seagrass percent cover from the most recent quarterly survey of permanent transects undertaken on the ground from the 19th to the 24th of February 2012. The report also compares aerial versus ‘on-ground’ methods of estimating seagrass percent cover and provides a comparison between the original and new permanent transect sites at Wiggins Island.

Item ID: 45883
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: seagrass, monitoring, dredging, Gladstone, Port Curtis, Western Basin Dredging and Disposal Project
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A Report for Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC).

Funders: Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), Fisheries Queensland (FQ), Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI)
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 22:43
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 100%
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