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Project 1.4.2 - Sustainable use of marine species of conservation concern

Project Leader and Host Organisation

Professor Helene Marsh, James Cook University

Project Description and Objectives

For detailed descriptions of the outputs for this project for Year 4 (2009/2010) of the MTSRF Research Programme, see the Annual Research Plan.

This project harnesses the expertise of researchers from four research providers and three end user institutions together with Indigenous local experts to conduct world class multidisciplinary problem-focused research that will enhance the natural and social science information required to develop effective management strategies for the populations of marine species of conservation concern that occur in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and Torres Strait. The priorities for MTSRF funding have been determined in consultation with the key end user groups. The research will be conducted across jurisdictions at spatial scales relevant to ecology of the focal species and to the end users of the research. The project will provide information relevant to the sustainable use and management of marine species of conservation concern in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and Torres Strait. Where applicable, information from this project will be delivered into the Data Integration and Synthesis framework for reporting, using a spatial risk assessment approach.

Key objectives for Year 4 (2009/2010) of this project are to:

  • Evaluate the effects of acoustic alarms on behaviour of marine wildlife, with emphasis on coastal dolphins;

  • Evaluate the economic factors related to Indigenous hunting and its management; and

  • Identify a series of robust and cost effective indictors of the status of the dugong in the GBRWHA and explore whether the chosen indicators could have wider application for other marine taxa of conservation concern.

Further Information

Dr David Souter
GBR Program Research Manager
Reef and Rainforest Research Centre Limited
Tel: (07) 4781 6013

Major Project Outputs

The Annual Research Plans, or ARPs, outline the specific tasks, products, budgets and staff for each research project within each of the Research Themes and Programs of the MTSRF.  The ARPs also outline the key deliverables, or 'project milestones' (e.g. major reports, journal articles, communications products) to be achieved.

An ARP is developed for each operating year of the MTSRF (2006-2010).

Details of this and previous years' outputs from this project are included in each of the Annual Research Plans

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