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Linking habitat and biotic patterns improves spatial management in a marine park


Malcolm, HA and Jordan, A and Schulz, AL and Smith, SDA and Davies, P and Ingleton, T and Foulsham, E and Linklater, M and Ferrari, R and Hill, Nicole and Lucieer, VL, Linking habitat and biotic patterns improves spatial management in a marine park, GeoHab (Maine Geological and Biological Habitat Mapping), 5th - 9th May 2014, Lorne, Australia, pp. 66. (2014) [Conference Extract]


The Solitary Islands Marine Park (SIMP) in northern New South Wales, Australia, covers ~720 km2 of estuarine and continental shelf areas that include rocky reef and unconsolidated habitats up to 17 km from the mainland coast to a maximum depth of 75 m. When established in 1991, there was very limited knowledge of habitats and habitat-biotic relationships in the SIMP, which constrained effective conservation planning. Subsequent mapping of sub-tidal habitats involved aerial photography and single beam sounder surveys, which then facilitated placement of broad-scale diver surveys of fishes, as key surrogate taxa on shallow reefs (<25 m).

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Hill, Nicole (Dr Nicole Hill)
UTAS Author:Lucieer, VL (Dr Vanessa Lucieer)
ID Code:91381
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-05-16
Last Modified:2014-05-19

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