NESP TWQ Round 1 - Project 3.4 - Developing and refining biological indicators for seagrass condition assessments in an integrated monitoring program

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Refinement of biological indicators for condition assessment is an immediate priority as highlighted in a recent review of the GBR Marine Monitoring Program (MMP). Seagrass carbohydrate content is an early-warning indicator of water quality impacts. Samples collected quarterly since 2008 will be analysed and used to establish baselines and optimize protocols for applying carbohydrates as an indicator for future monitoring. Furthermore, calibration formulae to convert seagrass percent cover, the principal condition indicator, to biomass will be developed allowing integration across programs critical for the Reef-wide Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program. This project provides excellent value for money because samples have been collected in-kind.

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