Located 1,360 kilometres north of Brisbane, The Port of Townsville is a world-class gateway for trade and investment.
Seagrass communities are a vital element of the Great Barrier Reef and their health is one indicator that reef managers can use to understand the overall health of the marine environment.
Since 2007 the Port of Townsville has commissioned an annual seagrass health survey with monitoring conducted at ten seagrass monitoring meadows in Cleveland Bay, adjacent to the port. This annual survey is carried out by James Cook University and details seagrass species and density (biomass), and maps areas of the meadows. Monitoring techniques utilise helicopter aerial surveillance and boat-based free divers.
The 2015 Annual Seagrass Survey results for Townsville showed:
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Download the full 2015 Seagrass Health Survey here.