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November 2013  |  Newsletter of the Marine Biodiversity Hub
Image:  Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution AUVs Sentry

Building the national capability and capacity for marine environmental monitoring

The implementation of Marine Bioregional Plans, and the ongoing evaluation of the management of the Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network, requires monitoring at a level hitherto unknown in the Australian marine environment, with the notable exception of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.

Aerial of the Great Barrier Reef:  Image: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Integrated monitoring to target management priorities on the Great Barrier Reef

A collaborative initiative to better align research and monitoring efforts with management priorities on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) will provide a useful framework for monitoring the health of Australia’s marine and coastal ecosystems more broadly, according to researchers from the NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub.

Reef Life Survey volunteer diver surveying a reef in the Coral Sea. Image: Graham Edgar, University of Tasmania

Global SCUBA survey reveals new ocean diversity ‘hotspots’

Scientists have a new tool for measuring biodiversity and identifying marine diversity ‘hotspots’, thanks to a global survey of reef fish by an international team of more than 150 trained volunteer SCUBA divers working for the non-profit organisation Reef Life Survey.

seafloor map of Lord Howe Island shelf.  Image: Geoscience Australia

Lord Howe seabed maps help manage marine life

A multi-disciplinary research team working off Lord Howe Island has combined habitat mapping and seabed sampling, including the first description of life in the sediments (infauna) across the Island’s shelf, to better understand and predict which seabed communities occur where, and how they might change in future.

CATAMI, Solitary Islands.  Image:  Nicole Hill, University of Tasmania

Unchartered waters — turning ocean images into national data

A computer-aided project to process and store visual underwater data from around Australia will, for the first time, enable continental-scale analysis of marine ecosystems, according to researchers from the NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub.