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Objectives of the program
This program aims to:
advise councils and managers on water quality and ecosystem health of estuarine and marine waterways in South East Queensland
deliver an annual regional assessment of the ambient ecosystem health of 18 river estuaries and nine zones in Moreton Bay and publically communicate this through an annual report card
evaluate the effectiveness of management actions aimed at improving and protecting aquatic ecosystems
use scientifically robust, relevant and cost-effective methods to provide data for intelligent decision making.
Water quality and sewage plume mapping at 254 sites throughout South East Queensland estuaries/marine areas
Lyngbya monitoring in Eastern Banks of Moreton Bay, West Moreton and Southern Bay, Northern Deception Bay, Waterloo Bay
Soft and hard coral cover and substrate type five sites throughout Moreton Bay at Green Island, St Helena Island, Coochiemudlo Island, Peel Island and Myora springs near North Stradbroke Island
Seagrass distribution and depth range 18 sites in the Moreton Bay region
Riparian habitat assessment for 18 South East Queensland estuaries from the Noosa River in the north to Currumbin Creek in the south
Frequency of monitoring
Water quality - monthly
Sewage plume mapping - annual
Lyngbya monitoring - variable. Bimonthly through summer in Eastern Banks of Moreton Bay, West Moreton and Southern Bay, regular basis in Northern Deception Bay, variable in other locations around Moreton Bay.
Soft and hard coral cover and substrate type - annual
Seagrass depth range - sites are monitored biannually, ideally during the same month each year. Contingency monitoring at select sites may also occur in response to major environmental events (for example floods, algal blooms)
Seagrass distribution - triennially
Riparian habitat assessment - estuary foreground and backgrounds are monitored biennially
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2015) Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program – Estuarine and Marine, WetlandInfo website, accessed 1 February 2023. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/assessment/monitoring/current-and-future-monitoring/ecosystem-health-monitoring-estuarine-marine.html