Geoff Jones (JCU); Dave Williamson, Hugo Harrison, Jeff Leis, Lou Mason, Severine Choukroun, Michael Berumen, Jessica Hopf, Sean Connolly, Glenn Almany, Ashley Frisch. Protecting the next generation: do marine reserves and size limits supplement recruitment of coral trout. Wednesday 8th May 2013.
Hugh Sweatman (AIMS); Keeping an eye on the reefs of Torres Strait; Wednesday 8th May 2013.
The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 is a stock-take of the Great Barrier Reef, its management and its future.
The aim of the Outlook Report is to provide information about:
- The condition of the ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef Region (including the ecosystem outside the Region where it affects the Region);
- Social and economic factors influencing the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem;
- Management effectiveness of the Great Barrier Reef; and
- Risk-based assessment of the long-term outlook for the Region.
The Report underpins decision-making for the long term protection of the Great Barrier Reef. It was prepared by the GBRMPA based on the best available information and was independently peer reviewed. Many people contributed to the development of the Outlook Report including:
- Australian and Queensland Government agencies
- Leading Great Barrier Reef scientists and researchers
- Industry representatives
- Advisory committees
- Members of regional communities and the public.
The publication of an Outlook Report was a key recommendation of the review of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975. A report is to be prepared every five years and given to the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities for tabling in both houses of the Australian Parliament.
The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 is the first of these reports.
As the NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub research activities span several years, the Annual Work Plan (AWP) is the key document for defining, justifying, budgeting for and scheduling activities on an annual basis. It relates directly to the Hub Multi-Year Research Plan (MYRP) which broadly describes the scope of the research work program over four years (July 2011- December 2014).
The NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub Second Annual Work Plan (AWP2) details the milestones to be completed by each Hub funded project in 2012-2013.
This Monitoring and Evaluation Plan complements other documents, including the NERP TE Hub Science Communication Plan, and describes how the Hub Steering Committee will monitor key performance indicators in order to advise DSEWPaC on Hub progress in a timely manner through biannual reporting of:
• Project milestone delivery
• Expenditure and commitment and
• Communications including engagement and knowledge transfer.
The Multi-Year Research Plan, or MYRP, is a research plan that provides contextual information and a breakdown of research activities of the NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub; describes the research that the Hub will be undertaking between 2011 and 2014; identifies research priorities and links to Australian Government Environment Portfolio policies and programs; outlines the relationship of the research to the Australian Government Environment Portfolio and other key research users; and provides a framework for monitoring and evaluating the Hub activities, as part of the NERP.
The specific objectives of the NERP TE Hub Science Communication Plan are to promote and facilitate the influential application of Hub-generated knowledge.
This project will continue a unique data set that documents long-term trends in coral reef communities of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Regular surveys of fish, coral and coral predators such as crown-of-thorns starfish on 47 reefs since 1992, provide the ‘big picture’ on the condition of reefs on the GBR and how they are changing over time. This project will employ a range of surveying techniques to detect events likely to have large-scale impacts on reef health, such as coral bleaching, coral disease, cyclones or crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks.
Miller I, Cheal AJ, Emslie MJ, Logan M, Sweatman H. (2012) Ongoing effects of no-take marine reserves on commercially exploited coral trout populations on the Great Barrier Reef. Marine Environmental Research. 167-170 [doi:10.1016/j.marenvres.2012.05.008].
* Funded by AIMS