Assessment of Common Conservation Values - Intertidal and Subtidal Environs of the Baffle to Fitzroy Coast
Description and method logic
An assessment of common conservation values of the subtidal and intertidal ecosystems. The assessment is non-social, non-economic and tenure independent and is based on a subset of the criteria in the Aquatic Biodiversity Assessment and Mapping Method (AquaBAMM; Clayton et al. 2006) and based on national and international literature.
Several criteria were assessed including the diversity and richness of habitats and taxa, threatened species, ecosystems at risk and other special areas of ecological importance identified by experts. An overall conservation/prioritisation rating was not applied as the intent was for each criteria to be standalone elements for separate interrogation. An overall maximum rating was derived for each spatial unit to indentify areas of high value.
The assessment used existing information and structured expert opinion to assess common conservation values in the intertidal and subtidal ecosystems. Criteria utilised under the Aquatic Biodiversity Assessment and Mapping method were reviewed and adopted where sufficient information was available.
Unlike Aquatic Conservation Assessments completed using the AquaBAMM, a simplified two-tiered approach of Measures -> Criteria (rather than Measures -> Indicators -> Criteria) was used to calculate an overall rating for each Criterion in the current study. Aquatic Conservation Assessments (ACAs) completed using the AquaBAMM generally incorporate multiple measures which are then used to determine indicator scores, and multiple indicator scores to calculate the overall criteria rating. The approach of weighting measures (and indicators) were not used. Based upon feedback from the expert panel, a combined overall significance score was not produced. Instead, a maximum criterion rating was calculated to identify areas of high conservation value.
Criteria groupings of the method
Taxa richness, habitat diversity, ecosystem/habitat significance
Outputs of the assessment include a compiled ESRI file geodatabase containing spatial representations reflective of the conservation criteria previously described, a species inventory and a summary report that provides additional information on expert panel identified taxa, communities, and areas of special importance.
Criteria by category
Natural resource managers including regional NRM bodies, State government agencies, Local government, consultants and members of the public.
Last updated: 7 February 2019
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2019) Assessment of Common Conservation Values - Intertidal and Subtidal Environs of the Baffle to Fitzroy Coast, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 May 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/resources/tools/assessment-search-tool/assessment-of-common-conservation-values-intertidal-and-subtidal-environs-of-the/