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Managers of the Great Barrier Reef’s 900 islands face difficult decisions when it comes to investing in conservation management. So where should they invest limited resources to achieve the best outcomes for management problems?

Coastal waters of northern Queensland are home to a variety of shark species, some of which use these waters as nursery habitat.

NERP researchers from James Cook University have undertaken the first study to track the migratory movements of non-breeding wedge-tailed shearwaters (Puffinus pacificus) from the Great Barrier Reef.

Spear fishers have known it all along: water on inshore reefs can be pretty murky - especially early in the year, and especially after big floods. But the time scales and processes leading to changes in water clarity have not been scientifically documented to date.

A CSIRO-led project “Design and implementation of Management Strategy Evaluation for the Great Barrier Reef inshore”, funded as part of the NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub, has been working closely with a community group in the Mackay region to look at what they value most, and what local solu

The Torres Strait is a region dominated by marine environments that provide resources for local communities and have important social and cultural values.

Intensive development in the coastal zone adjacent the Great Barrier Reef has led to degradation of coastal ecosystems that threatens the health of the GBR.

The NERP TE Hub is now entering its third year of operation. In the last month, milestone reports from every project have been presented to the four Hub Implementation Groups forming the basis for dialogue with our research users around mechanisms for effective knowledge transfer and uptake of results.

Dr Dan Metcalfe has been named Runner-up in the 'Ecosystems and Communities' category in the 2013 British Ecological Society (BES) Photographic Competition. Dr Metcalfe (Project 7.1 Fire and Rainforests) is Research Program Leader for Ecology in CSIRO’s Ecosystem Sciences Division, based in Brisbane.

Coral trout (Plectropomus spp.) are iconic coral reef fishes that occur throughout the Indo-Pacific, and are important species for recreational and commercial fisheries, including those within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.


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