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Central Moreton Bay Reef Extent
Reef health can be a key indicator of water quality and overall catchment health. However, more data is needed regarding the spatial distribution and condition of this important natural resource in Moreton Bay/Quandamooka to support natural resource management decisions.
In 2015 & 2016, Reef Check Australia volunteers undertook a reef habitat benthic inventory and reef health monitoring project in partnership with The University of Queensland Remote Sensing Research Centre and Healthy Waterways and Catchments.
Trained volunteers conducted hundreds of spot checks across the Bay using globally-standardised Reef Check survey methods adapted to ground-truth the spatial extent of reefal habitat areas. Researchers from The UQ Remote Sensing Research Centre used the field data to refine reef extent maps from 2004 (source: Queensland Environmental Protection Agency).
For the first time in more than a decade, the spatial extent of key reef habitat areas inshore Moreton Bay was re-inventoried. This is important, as a revised baseline offers improved data to support natural resource management decisions for the area.
The proximity of these reefs to the rapidly growing South East Queensland (SEQ) region highlights the need to understand linkages and impacts across the catchment.
This full report and multi-purpose dataset will be shared in early 2017.