Coral Reef Monitoring

Principal Investigator: Dr Suzanne Palmer

In order to assess and monitor the health of the coral reef ecosystems within the Portland area we have established a regular monitoring program. The scientific team is adhering to the . Data includes reef fish populations, coral health and recruitment, cover of reef-building organisms and competitors, and macro-invertebrate species.

We aim to assess the health of coral reefs at multiple locations along the coastline and over time determine the impact and effectiveness of the new management interventions on coral reef ecosystem health. As the protocol is regionally standardized the data collected will also support the ongoing regional assessment of coral reef health.