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    15213: Volunteer scientific monitoring of Western Australian marine biodiversity

    Volunteers monitoring Western Australian marine biodiversity
    Volunteers monitoring Western Australian marine biodiversity

    Eight volunteer divers participated in the project, three of which were trained in Reef Life Survey (RLS) tropical survey methodology, increasing capacity of the RLS volunteer base for future biodiversity surveys at Ningaloo Marine Park (NMP).  Twenty nine sites were surveyed.  70 transects completed incorporating 35,000 m² of coral reef for the fish component of the survey and 7,000 m² for invertebrates. 1,400 photographs of coral cover were taken. 278 species of fish and 147 species of invertebrates and cryptic fish were recorded.

    2016 extends the time series to four years of RLS surveys in NMP providing important benchmarks to understand the nature of threats to ecological and social values in the World Heritage Area. Locations of recent coral loss and failed coral recovery have been reported to Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) as well as distribution and abundance information on the coral eating snail (Drupella cornus) and Crown of Thorns Starfish (Acanthaster planci).

    Investment: $ 15 600
    In-kind contribution: $ 43 200
    Delivery organisation: Reef Life Survey Foundation
    Project duration: July 2016 - August 2016
    Location: Shire of Carnarvon, Shire of Exmouth
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