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Seabed Biodiversity on the Continental Shelf of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (Prawn Trawl)

Australian Ocean Data Network
CSIRO O&A, Information & Data Centre (Point of Contact) Data Officer (DW), Hobart (Processor) Pitcher, Roland (Point of Contact)
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The mobile invertebrate and fish biodiversity of the 200,000 km² area of the GBR shelf seabed was sampled by a 1 km tow of a 8 fthm otter trawl (single high-flying Florida Flyer) at 458 sites, representing a wide range of known physical environments, during four 1-month-long voyages on the QDPIF vessel Gwendoline May. More than 4,800 species/species-equivalent OTUs (operational taxonomic units) were identified. The dataset comprises 42,813 site-by-species records.

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Site data were specified during the sampling design phase, date/time/position/depth of sampling were recorded from GPS and echo-sounder on vessel in the field. All samples were sorted to reptiles, elasmobranchs, fish, marine plants, prawns, and other invertebrates on vessel and recorded in a vessel database. Samples were sorted, counted, weighed and identified to species (or OTU equivalent) in laboratories located at Queensland Museum (Brisbane), CSIRO (Brisbane & Hobart), QDPIF (Cairns), and data were entered into laboratory databases. All databases were collated and reconciled into a single database.

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This dataset is an output of the Great Barrier Reef Seabed Biodiversity Project, a collaboration between the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Queensland Department of Primary Industries & Fisheries (QDPI&F), and the Queensland Museum (QM)
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funded by the CRC Reef Research Centre (CRC-Reef), the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), and the National Oceans Office (NOO) of the Department of Environment and Water Resources. We gratefully acknowledge the support of end-user agencies Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), QDPI & Fisheries, Queensland Seafood Industry Association (QSIA) and the NOO, and the contributions of the project's Steering Committee members: David Williams (CRC-Reef), Dorothea Huber & Phil Cadwallader (GBRMPA), Brigid Kerrigan & Malcolm Dunning (QDPI&F), Duncan Souter, Barry Ehrke & Martin Hicks (QSIA), Vicki Nelson (NOO) and Vern Veitch (Sunfish). We also wish to thank the multi-agency teams and the crews of the RV Lady Basten (AIMS) and FRV Gwendoline May (QDPI&F) that contributed to the success of the fieldwork
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the research agencies AIMS, CSIRO, QM, QDPI&F for providing support to the project
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and all the project's team members without whose valuable efforts this project would not have been possible. A large number of other people also helped with aspects of the project and we are grateful for their assistance, including: Tony Reese, Steve Edgar, Mark Tonks, Quinton Dell, Gary Fry, William White, Al Graham, Louise Conboy, Spikey Riddoch, Bob Ward, Bronwyn Holmes, Tom Munro, Hiro Motomura, Mike Sugden, Henok Goitom, Barry Russell, Barry Hutchins, Martin Gomon and Di Bray.
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Roland Pitcher (CSIRO)
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Peter Doherty (AIMS)
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John Hooper (QM)
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Neil Gribble (QDPIF) plus 50 other contributors (see references)

Data time period: 2003-11-17 to 2006-03-04

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153.4,-10.7 153.4,-24.5 142.6,-24.5 142.6,-10.7 153.4,-10.7

148,-17.6

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Identifiers
  • global : 577b2025-cf45-4574-bf5c-a11d1fd5964c
  • Local : Marlin Record Number: 7042
  • Local : Anzlic Identifier: ANZCW0306007042