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NERP TE Project 6.2 Drivers of juvenile shark biodiversity and abundance in inshore ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef (JCU)

Sharks play an important role in marine ecosystems but are facing increasing pressure from fishing and other anthropogenic factors. Along the Queensland coast inshore waters play an important role as nursery areas for sharks. However, the same inshore waters are also most prone to fisheries exploitation and effects of freshwater discharge from coastal streams and rivers. This project will examine the importance of different types of inshore habitat (protected bay vs. open coastline) and marine park zoning (open and closed to fishing), and how environmental factors such as freshwater discharge from rivers effect how these nursery areas function. The project has two broad objectives:

A. Investigate the spatial and temporal changes in the biodiversity and abundance of sharks in inshore nursery areas along the central GBR coast. B. Determine the effect of environmental drivers on inshore shark biodiversity along the central GBR coast.

Results from the project will be used to improve the information available to fisheries and marine park managers on the relative importance of inshore habitats, the role of areas closed to fishing, and the sustainability of inshore shark populations.

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Field Value
Title NERP TE Project 6.2 Drivers of juvenile shark biodiversity and abundance in inshore ecosystems of the Great Barrier Reef (JCU)
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence None
Data Status inactive
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/dataset/b00d7583-6ee5-49c3-b9b7-2d1271eb3863
Date Published 2016-04-04
Date Updated 2016-04-04
Contact Point
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University (JCU)
colin.simpfendorfer@jcu.edu.au
Geospatial Coverage {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[148.824, -20.554], [146.006, -20.554], [146.006, -18.135], [148.824, -18.135], [148.824, -20.554]]]}
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University (JCU)
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