AIMS Long-term Monitoring Program: Video and Photo Transects (Great Barrier Reef)


Temporal Range: From 17-Jun-1992

Resource Summary

Benthic organisms were surveyed annually on fixed sites in one habitat on each of 47 selected core survey reefs from 1993 to 2005 in 6 regions throughout the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Surveys were undertaken at 3 sites per reef, with 5x50m transects surveyed per site.

In 2004 a new zoning plan was implemented in the Great Barrier reef Marine Park and in 2006 the pattern of surveys was changed. The original set of reefs (47) are surveyed in odd years (e.g. 2007) and a different set (56 reefs) are surveyed in even years. The new set consists of paired reefs (one no-take, and one open to fishing) surveyed to assess the effects of rezoning. The paired reefs are near Cairns and Innisfail, Townsville, Mackay, the Swain Reefs and the Capricorn-Brunker group.

From 1993 to 2006 video transects were recorded and sub-sampled at 200 points per sample. The program was modified in 2007 to allow collection of data from single frames shot at 1m intervals along each transect using a digital still camera.

Benthic groups recorded are: Abiotic; Hard coral; Soft coral; Coralline algae; Macro algae; Turf algae; Sponge; Other; Indeterminate.

To annually monitor the cover of benthic organisms, reef fish abundance and crown-of-thorns starfish populations on various reefs of the Great Barrier Reef.

The program has been designed to track changes in reef communities over time across sub-regions of the GBR.

Parameters: Percentage cover of different substrate types and benthic organisms (particularly corals), identified to benthic group or lifeform level. Data on reef fish abundance and diversity are collected at the same sites and times.

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The data is under exclusive access period. Contact the AIMS Data Centre (adc@aims.gov.au) for possible access to the data within this period.

Access Constraint: restricted
Use Constraint: restricted
Security classification code: unclassified


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Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). 2015, AIMS Long-term Monitoring Program: Video and Photo Transects (Great Barrier Reef), https://doi.org/10.25845/5c09bc4ff315c, accessed 18-Aug-2019
General Links
AIMS long-term reef monitoring program
NERP TE Project 1.1 - Monitoring status and trends of coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef: NERP TE Project 1.1 - Monitoring status and trends of coral reefs of the Great Barrier Reef
NERP TE Project 8.1 - Monitoring the ecological effects of GBR zoning plan on mid and outer shelf reefs: NERP TE Project 8.1 - Monitoring the ecological effects of GBR zoning plan on mid and outer shelf reefs
Subset of this data collected as part of the NERP TE 8.1 project on the paired zoning reefs.: Subset of this data collected as part of the NERP TE 8.1 project on the paired zoning reefs.
Subset of this data collected as part of the NERP TE 1.1 project on the standard set of reefs.: Subset of this data collected as part of the NERP TE 1.1 project on the standard set of reefs.
Related Information
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