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Analysis of a time-series of benthic imagery from the South-east Marine Parks Network


Perkins, N and Monk, J and Barrett, N, Analysis of a time-series of benthic imagery from the South-east Marine Parks Network, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and IMOS, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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This report provides the first insights into the distribution and changes through time of deep shelf (40 200 metre) seafloor habitats, biological communities, and species in Australian Marine Parks across the Southeast Marine Parks Network (the SE Network). Repeat photographic surveys of the seafloor at sites within Huon, Freycinet, Flinders and Beagle Marine Parks using the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) facility were conducted between 2009 and 2018.. Data from this imagery was used to build knowledge of where different species occur and how their abundances have changed over the survey period. This knowledge is important for ongoing monitoring of these ecosystems, as to be able to distinguish changes that may be because of protecting these ecosystems, or driven by perturbations such as warming events, there must first be an understanding of natural variability. Knowledge of the distribution of important species and how they vary through time is also key in helping researchers and managers decide on appropriate indicators and the design of the ongoing monitoring program to ensure that resources are directed to their best use.

Item Details

Item Type:Government or Industry Research
Keywords:autonomous underwater vehicles AUVs, benthic biota, monitoring, indicator species, power analysis
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Fisheries - wild caught not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Perkins, N (Dr Nicholas Perkins)
UTAS Author:Monk, J (Dr Jacquomo Monk)
UTAS Author:Barrett, N (Associate Professor Neville Barrett)
ID Code:143389
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2021-03-15
Last Modified:2021-03-15

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