This record provides an overview of the NESP Marine and Coastal Hub bridging study - "Characterising values and identifying indicators and metrics of fish and benthic assemblages within the Capes region of the South-west Corner Marine Park". For specific data outputs from this project, please see child records associated with this metadata.
Inventory surveys of Australian Marine Parks (AMPs) provide a broad description of the natural assets that exist in Commonwealth waters. These data can be further explored to identify biological indicators and metrics to cost-effectively monitor the AMPs and inform the AMP Monitoring Evaluation Reporting and Improvement (MERI) system. This project will use fish and seafloor imagery obtained from the recent inventory survey in the Capes region of the South-west Corner Marine Park to identify important natural values and indicators of fish and benthic assemblages relevant to park management and the AMP MERI system.
• Habitat annotations to (1) AUV and (2) drop camera imagery following nationally agreed protocols (extended CATAMI classification - the Australian morphospecies catalogue) - to be published through the Understanding Marine Imagery (UMI) IMOS sub-facility
• Bathymetry from National Park and Special Protection zones - published on AusSeabed
• Geomorphic features map for existing fine scale bathymetry coverage of the National Park and Special Protection zones
• Habitat map for existing fine scale bathymetry coverage (validated from from drop camera surveys for National Park and Special Protection zones
• Fish and shark annotations of stereo-BRUVs
• Science communication article for the Australian Marine Parks Science Atlas [written]
Maintenance and Update Frequency: asNeeded
Tim Langlois (UWA), Renae Hovey (UWA), Kingley Griffin (UWA), Brooke Gibbons (UWA), Scott Nichol (GA), Zhi Huang (GA), Neville Barrett (UTAS), Jacquomo Monk (UTAS)
National Environmental Science Program (NESP) Marine and Coastal Hub
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE), Australian Government
In addition to NESP (DAWE) funding, this project is matched by an equivalent amount of in-kind support and co-investment from project partners and collaborators.
To support implementation of the South-west Australian Marine Park (AMP) Network Management Plan (designed to protect and conserve marine biodiversity and natural values).