Port of Abbot Point Ambient Coral Monitoring Surveys: 2020-2021

Chartrand, K.N., Hoffmann, L.R., Ayling, A., and Ayling, T. (2021) Port of Abbot Point Ambient Coral Monitoring Surveys: 2020-2021. Report. TropWATER, James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Coral monitoring sites were set up at three locations in the vicinity of the Port of Abbot Point in mid-2016 as part of North Queensland Bulk Ports ambient reef monitoring program. These locations were shallow depth stratum on Holbourne Island (~2m below LAT), deep stratum on Holbourne Island (~5m below LAT) and Camp Island (~2m below LAT). Four sites of five permanently marked 20 m survey transects were set up at each location along the required depth contour. These surveys were instigated in order to gain a greater understanding of ambient conditions, and the drivers of these conditions, which would also allow for a greater capacity to manage potential influences during periods of port related activities such as dredging. The Australian Institute of Marine Science initially established these monitoring sites using their fringing reef survey protocols and carried out three further surveys during 2016/2017. TropWATER, in association with Sea Research, continued this program using the same sites and transects in 2018-2021.

Item ID: 80193
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: coral, inshore reefs, marine management, long term monitoring, marine management
Copyright Information: © James Cook University, 2021.
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2023 00:40
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring @ 60%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 40%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180501 Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems @ 75%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180504 Marine biodiversity @ 25%
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