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Inshore Moreton Bay Reef Habitat Maps
Reef health can be a key indicator of water quality and overall catchment health. However, there a gap in current data regarding the spatial distribution and condition of the unique subtropical reefs in Moreton Bay/Quandamooka to support natural resource management decisions.
In 2015 & 2016, Reef Check Australia 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 data will be used for the annual Healthy Waterways and Catchments Report Card and is useful for other natural resource management applications including Marine Park management and zoning, and the SEQ Natural Resource Management Plan.
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.
The final report and multi-purpose dataset will made available in early 2017. A final draft report is currently available for review.