Evaluating and monitoring the status of marine biodiversity assets on the continental shelf [ 2015-07-01 - ]

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Researchers: Barrett, Neville (Principal investigator) ,  Barrett, Neville (Principal investigator) ,  Barrett, Neville (Principal investigator) ,  Barrett, Neville, Dr (Principal investigator) ,  Barrett, Neville, Dr (Principal investigator)
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Brief description

Rocky reefs form an important habitat on the continental shelf and one subject to disproportionate fishing pressure given the high productivity of this habitat relative to adjacent sandy seabed. Despite this, little is known of the extent and nature of these systems beyond their value to the fishing industry. This project collates all known mapping data from government and industry (including data acquired during CERF and NERP Hubs) to provide an updated map of this key habitat around Australia, and will identify critical gaps in this knowledge to be filled by targeted surveys. This will significantly improve the knowledge of these environmental assets within CMRs and marine regions required for development of effective management approaches, and implementation of the National Monitoring Blueprint for monitoring of rocky reef assets. A classification system will be developed for these reefs, and matched with refinement of inventory and monitoring approaches to track reef health through time, including standard approaches to SOE understanding and reporting consistent with measures developed for coastal systems within NESP. In addition, the first year of the project will set up a clear research plan for subsequent years, based on consultation with the Department and stakeholders, to ensure key knowledge gaps are addressed, and the National Monitoring Blueprint implemented as effectively as possible for rocky reef KEFS

Notes In addition to the NESP funding, this project is matched by an equivalent amount of in-kind support and co-investment from project partners and collaborators.

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