Application of NERP Biodiversity Hub survey methodology to Geographe Commonwealth Marine Reserve

This report provides a summary of the design and analysis of the survey undertaken in Geographe Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR) from December 2014 to May 2015. The report summarises data collected by previous field studies in Geographe Bay on the distribution and characteristics of key habitat types (seagrasses, corals, rocky reefs and soft sediments), and the benthic invertebrate and vertebrate communities associated with them. This information was taken into consideration when developing the survey objectives and methodology. The survey design applies some of the techniques developed by Theme 1 (Monitoring and Report) of the Marine Biodiversity Hub, funded by the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Program.

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