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INSHORE REEFS PROJECT | Townsville & Magnetic Island
Inshore coral reefs like those fringing Magnetic Island are often those most visited and used by local communities for recreation. However, due to this level of use and their proximity to coastal development and agriculture, they are perceived to be most at risk from human impacts.
Reef Check Australia's Inshore Monitoring Program provides a cost-effective 'early warning system' of any changes in the health of key inshore coral reefs. It also generates information on the sustainability of popular fish stock, such as coral trout.
Our survey teams currently monitor 6 sites around Magnetic Island. We aim to expand upon the number of sites we can monitor in the inshore regions to include sites that are held as special places by their local communities.
This project is currently funded by Townsville City Council's Creek to Coral program through Caring for Our Country. We believe it is very important to continue our research in this area.
In addition to Reef Check Australia's monitoring program, scientists, managers, industry and community groups are working together to reduce the effects of land-based water quality pollution on our Great Barrier Reef.