Ports of Mackay and Hay Point Ambient Coral Monitoring Surveys: 2020-2021

Chartrand, K.M., Hoffmann, L.R., Ayling, A., and Ayling, T. (2021) Ports of Mackay and Hay 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 in the vicinity of the Ports of Mackay and Hay Point prior to the 2006 Hay Point capital dredging program. These locations were Round Top Island, Victor Islet, Slade Islet and Keswick Island. A recent review of the program has led to the reduction in the program to three locations with Keswick Island considered a more mid-shelf reef rather than an appropriate indicator of inshore coral communities. Six sites of four permanently marked 20 m survey transects were originally set up at each location in the depth stratum of highest coral cover. Measures of benthic cover, coral health, sedimentation and coral recruitment were made along each transect.

The current realigned program continues to monitor four of the six sites at each location following a review of the program in 2019/2020 to align with other inshore coral monitoring in the Abbot Point region. All datasets reviewed in the current report have been back calculated to account for trends at the current four transects to ensure current and future trends in the program are comparable with the historical record.

Item ID: 80194
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: coral, monitoring, inshore reefs, coral reef, marine management
Copyright Information: © James Cook University, 2021.
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2023 01:50
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring @ 90%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310305 Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) @ 10%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180501 Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems @ 80%
18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1805 Marine systems and management > 180504 Marine biodiversity @ 20%
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