Recruitment of Coscinoderma sponges in central Torres Strait, Australia (MTSRF Project 1.3.2)

This localised study of the recruitment of marine invertebrates on terracotta tiles around Masig (Yorke), Kodall and Marsden Islands commenced in March 2006 and ended in June 2009. The experimental design incorporated two different depths (Shallow = 6 m, Deeper = 12 m) at 3 locations around each of Masig (the Kodall site was included in the Masig data) and Marsden Islands. Season (June = winter, December = summer), numbers of species (bryazoans, sponges, ascidians, algae, coral, worms, bivalves) as well as percent cover of each group. Identification is to species level, where known. Photographs were taken of each tile.

To assess the recruitment of sessile marine invertebrates in Torres Strait. Recruitment of the wild commercial bath sponge species, Coscinoderma matthewsi, was also quantified. To understand the dynamics and structure of bath sponge population(s) and explore the risks and threats to these populations prior to considerations of commercial development.

One component of a project in the Torres Straits focusing on sponges with potential for aquaculture. Other metadata are available for: 1) Abundance of Coscinoderma 2) Larval behaviour of Coscinoderma 3) Spatial distribution of Dictyoceratid sponges across the central Torres Strait 4) Effects of handling on sponge growth Related AIMS Publications Duckworth AR, Wolff CWW, Cobb RE and Webster NS (2007) Ecological role and potential value of sponges to Torres Strait. Marine and Tropical Sciences Research Facility. 59 p. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=7519 Duckworth AR and Wolff CWW (2007) Patterns of abundance and size of Dictyoceratid sponges among neighbouring islands in central Torres Strait, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research 58: 204-212. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=7431 Duckworth AR, Wolff CWW, Evans-Illidge EA, Whalan S and Lui S (2008) Spatial variability in community structure of Dictyoceratida sponges across Torres Strait, Australia. Continental Shelf Research 28: 2168-2173. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=7525 Jones A, Barnett B, Williams AJ, Grayson J, Busilacchi S, Duckworth AR, Evans-Illidge EA, Begg GA and Murchie CD (2008) Effective communication tools to engage Torres Strait Islanders in scientific research. Continental Shelf Research 28: 2350-2356. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=7861 Duckworth AR, Wolff CWW and Luter H (2009) Patterns of abundance and size across varying spatial scales for the coral reef sponge Coscinoderma matthewsi. Marine Ecology Progress Series 396: 27-33. http://data.aims.gov.au/extp...leId=8361

Principal Investigator
Duckworth, Alan R, Dr
Custodian
Evans-Illidge, Elizabeth A (Libby), Dr Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
Point Of Contact
Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) adc@aims.gov.au

Data collected from 01 Nov 2006 until 31 Dec 2009


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