Pilbara Marine Conservation Partnership (PMCP) coral reef underwater visual census (UVC) survey of reef invertebrate species between northern Ningaloo and the Dampier Archipelago.
The data include:
* Invertebrate database - 25x1m transects
* Abundance of invertebrates: Solitary invertebrates, principally echinoderms, molluscs and crustaceans.
The Pilbara Marine Conservation Partnership (PMCP) was an initiative designed to enhance the net conservation benefits of the globally-significant coral reef ecosystems of the Pilbara (Western Australia) by providing an assessment of the condition and trajectory of key ecological values. These assessments were designed to inform and complement existing governance and management arrangements and the PMCP is intended to provide ongoing advice and assessment for conservation efforts in the region, providing lasting benefits.
The PMCP concept is based on three core ecological components, namely:
Coral Reef Health - concentrating mainly on habitat forming primary producers.
Fish and Sharks - their community structure, interactions and impacts on lower trophic levels.
Environmental Pressures - physical and anthropogenic factors that influence the condition of reefs and associated biota.
Progress Code: onGoing
Maintenance and Update Frequency: asNeeded
Statement: All data sets collated as part of the Pilbara Marine Conservation Partnership (PMCP) are stored within iVEC using data storage from Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI).
Please refer to the published literature for a detailed descripton of project methodology.
Partner Institutions: CSIRO and University of Western Australia (UWA).
The study is funded by the Gorgon Barrow Island Net Conservation Benefit Fund, which forms part of Western Australia's Gorgon gas project - a partnership between Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell.
Russ Babcock (CSIRO)
Shaun Collin (UWA)