According to recent studies No-fishing zones implemented to protect the Moreton Bay ecosystem have proven their worth in light of last year’s flooding however the coral reefs and seagrass habitats are still at risk.
The research has shown that having a small number of select areas where fishing is not permitted results in higher numbers of fish grazing on algae, which in turn maximises the chance for corals to recover. < click here to read more >
The ARI research has also monitored energy reserves within seagrass plants which shows that seagrass meadows near Stradbroke Island are in poorer condition than expected at this time of year as a result of the flood.
Though December 2011 data (not yet shown on our reports – see below) from one of our North Stradbroke Island Seagrass Watch monitoring sites (800m SE of the Dunwich ferry terminal) shows that the overall seagrass coverage (approx 40%) hasn’t declined to any great extent. Let us hope the seagrass health improves as summer progresses, which can normally be expected. We will keep you posted as more data from our North Stradbroke Island sites comes in.