The MCOE or Marine Centre of Excellence Fraser Coast aims to highlight the significant diversity of the region, which encompasses both the Great Sandy Marine Park, and the Great Sandy Biosphere. The region is home to a diverse range of marine life, including turtles, dolphins, dugongs and more fish diversity than the entire Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Sandy Biosphere stretches from just North of Bundaberg, across to include Fraser Island and the Great Sandy Strait, inland to include townships of Howard, Torbanlea, Bauple, Maryborough and to the South of Gympie to include much of the Mary River Valley.
Fraser Coast Whale Research History
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Relevant Marine Research and Education
+The social and ecological significance of Hervey Bay Queensland for eastern Australian humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae)
Patricia Franklin BA (Honours),PhD.
This study provides the first detailed humpback whale research on the seasonal pod characteristics, seasonal social behaviour and temporal segregation of different reproductive and maturational classes of humpback whales in Hervey Bay. Vessel-based surveys for this study were conducted for 9 weeks in 1992 and for 10 weeks each year between 1993 and 2009.
A total of 4,506 Hervey Bay humpback whale pods were recorded between 1992 and 2005, and photo-identification data were obtained for 2,821 individually identified humpback whales in Hervey Bay during the period 1992 to 2009. This marine research has shown that Hervey Bay is an important habitat for different maturational and reproductive classes of whales. This is particularly true for females and their calves later in the season; for non-lactating and early pregnant females together with immature males and females early in the season; and for mature males seeking to maximize mating opportunities in mid- to late season. However, human activities including increased boat traffic, pollution, aquaculture development and habitat degradation are increasing rapidly in Hervey Bay, coinciding with the increasing humpback whale population.
Therefore, it is important that long-term monitoring of this population and its use of the Hervey Bay habitat continues into the future. It is also vital that the effects of human activities are monitored and managed effectively to ensure the long-term viability of Hervey Bay as a habitat important to the social development and reproductive success of these eastern Australian humpback whales.
+MRCCC – Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee
The MRCCC aims to improve the riparian health of the Mary River catchment area. This refers to the health of living things within the catchment area. The Mary River itself is 310 km long and water quality varies from fresh through to saline in the estuarine areas where the river flows into the RAMSAR listed wetlands of the Great Sandy Strait, home to dugongs, migrating whales and migratory birds. This complex catchment is subject to high intensity cyclonic rainfall on very steep slopes and is experiencing major changes in land use, increased competition for resources, and rapid population growth from the Sunshine Coast to Fraser Coast.
The MRCCC runs a variety of projects such as:
- Reef Rescue
- Threatened Species Plan
- Community Water-watch
- Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Group
- Living with Threatened Species Group
For more information visit: www.mrccc.org.au
+BMRG – Burnett Mary Regional Group
The Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) is the peak body for natural resource management (NRM) for a region comprising the Burnett and Mary river catchments and the associated sub catchment areas of the Kolan, Elliott, Gregory, Baffle, Burrum and Isis rivers. BMRG delivers practical solutions that protect and enhance our region’s natural assets. For more information visit: www.bmrg.org.au
+James Cook University – Australian Research Centre – Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.
Funded in July 2005 under the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence program this prestigious research centre is headquartered at James Cook University, in Townsville. The Centre is a partnership of James Cook University (JCU), the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), The Australian National University (ANU), the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), The University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Western Australia (UWA) For more information visit: www.jcu.edu.au/research/
+ARC Centre of Excellence – Coral Reef Studies
The ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies undertakes world-best integrated marine research for sustainable use and management of coral reefs.
Funded in July 2005 under the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence program this prestigious research centre is headquartered at James Cook University, in Townsville. The Centre is a partnership of James Cook University (JCU), the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), The Australian National University (ANU), the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), The University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Western Australia (UWA).
The Centre of Excellence cements Australia’s leading contribution to coral reef sciences, and fosters stronger collaborative links between the major partners and 24 other leading institutions in nine countries. According to ISI Essential Science Indicators, four of the Centre’s major research partners rank in the top 20 institutions world-wide for citations for coral reef science with JCU ranking 1st (among 1644 institutions in 103 countries) (http://esi-topics.com/coralreef/inst/c1a.html). Collectively, the Centre creates the world’s largest concentration of coral reef scientists.
In 2014 the Fraser Coast is home to Ian Butler, a PhD candidate at the University of Queensland who has co-authored research papers on the impacts of flooding on Coral with ARC.
Reef Check Australia is a citizen science organisation. Our primary purpose is to facilitate public participation in meaningful marine monitoring. We empower individuals and communities to support sustainable healthy reefs. Reef Check is all about Marine Research, Education and Conservation.
Our work supports the principles listed below.
- We believe in volunteers.
- Our data is for everyone.
- In science we trust.
- We strive for excellence.
- We are optimistic.
- We think collaboration multiplies results.
For more information visit: www.reefcheckaustralia.org