Despite delays caused by unfavorable weather conditions and the pandemic, Reef Check Australia’s (RCA) awesome volunteers still managed to wrap up the 2019-2020 South East Queensland survey season on time. Over the season, RCA monitored 40 different locations on 20 different reefs, stretching from Mudjimba to Palm Beach, covering 16,800m2 of reef habitat and collecting over 7000 pieces of data. Not surprisingly, given that the area has rocky reefs, the most recorded substrate type was rock, but hard coral came in at 13%. Hard and soft coral cover remained relatively stable across the survey area and coral bleaching was observed on fewer sites this season, but was slightly higher on average than last season. To find out more about what was recorded, check out the full 2019-2020 SEQ Season Summary Report or the infographic below that gives you an overview of the findings.
This project is supported by Reef Check Australia, through funding from the City of Gold Coast, Queensland Government Community Sustainability Action Grant, Port of Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast Council.