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Medium-term changes in coral populations of fringing reefs at Cape Tribulation

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Title: Medium-term changes in coral populations of fringing reefs at Cape Tribulation
Authors: Ayling, A.M.
Ayling, A.L.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Keywords: Sedimentation and deposition;Coral reefs and islands;Corals
ASFA Subjects: Catchment area
Marine sedimentation
Coral reefs
APAIS Subject: Environmental impact studies
Scientific research
Category: Coastal development
Water quality
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Series/Report no.: Research publication series no. 59
Research publication
Research publication
Abstract: The aims of this study were to investigate the medium-term effects of sediment run-off caused by the construction of a coastal road through rainforested catchments in late 1984 on the coral communities of the Cape Tribulation fringing reefs. In the absence of any pre-construction baseline we relied on surveys of two similar control locations, north and south of the potential impact location adjacent to the new road catchment, to determine the significance of any changes that occurred. The southern control was adjacent to the long-established portion of the road south of Cape Tribulation and the northern control adjacent to a small undisturbed catchment A preliminary three-year study had suggested that the road construction had no effect of the fringing reefs of this region (Ayling and Ayling 1991). It was also hoped that this longer-term study would shed some light on the nature of on-going changes in the benthic communities of fringing reefs in the Great Barrier Reef region.
ISBN: 9780642230737
Type of document: Report
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