Gladstone Permanent Transect Seagrass Monitoring: July 2012 update report

Sankey, T.L., McCormack, C.V., and Rasheed, M.A. (2012) Gladstone Permanent Transect Seagrass Monitoring: July 2012 update report. Report. Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, QLD, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

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 5). 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 are being monitored to determine if there are significant differences in seagrass communities between sites.

In March 2012, an additional permanent transect site was also established at Facing Island where changes in meadow distribution resulted in the original site being situated at the edge of the meadow. Both sites are also being 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 monthly survey of permanent transects undertaken from the 2nd and 3rd of July 2012. The report also provides results of a comparison between new and original sites at Wiggins Island and Facing Island.

Item ID: 45887
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).

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Funders: Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC), Fisheries Queensland (FQ), Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2016 05:40
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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