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A discussion paper for coastal and estuarine monitoring and assessment (CEMA) in the NRM south region: project directions


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Temby, N and Crawford, CM 2006 , A discussion paper for coastal and estuarine monitoring and assessment (CEMA) in the NRM south region: project directions.

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The project to develop and implement a framework to measure change in marine, coastal and estuarine water quality aims to produce a framework with a standardised protocol for monitoring estuaries and coastal waters in the NRM South Region. This discussion paper is the first step in this process. It provides a review of the available information for key estuaries and coastal areas in the Region (including data from Local and State
government, community groups, industry and research institutes). As there are not enough resources to monitor all estuaries in the region, this discussion paper also suggests priority estuaries and coastal waters for monitoring.
The suggested locations for implementing the Coastal and Estuarine Resource Condition Assessment (CERCA) framework are:
· Great Swanport/Moulting Lagoon (Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, highly
representative and moderate condition, RAMSAR listed wetland, baseline
assessment of Shelbourne Bay conducted in 2005 with support from Parks and Wildlife, DPIW, TAFI and Aquenal Pty. Ltd.)
· Little Swanport (Glamorgan Spring Bay Council, moderate condition, estuarine monitoring currently being conducted by TAFI, TSQAP and the oyster farmers)
· Pitt Water/Orielton (Clarence City Council/Sorell Council, poor condition, RAMSAR listed wetland, previously monitored by TAFI, currently being monitored by TSQAP)
· North West Bay (Kingborough Council, poor condition, baseline assessment conducted by TAFI and Council in 2002, fish farm monitoring)
· Port Cygnet (Huon Valley Council, poor condition, some estuarine monitoring being conducted by community, TSQAP and fish farmers)
These locations have been proposed based on the activities occurring and support from stakeholders including community groups, councils, industry, and consultants.
The Derwent and Huon estuaries received the highest priority in the selection process, however since large-scale studies, programs and/or frameworks already exist in these locations, they were excluded from selection. Other high scoring locations were also eventually excluded to maintain geographic spread throughout the Region or because of their remoteness (e.g. Bathurst Harbour).
A Discussion Paper for CERCA in NRM South

This discussion paper aims to ensure that all the water quality monitoring and related work that has already been done is recognised in this project, and that the project outcomes meet the needs of key stakeholders. We would appreciate comments from stakeholders, positive
and negative, about the process identified for developing the CERCA framework, and the key estuaries we have suggested to commence the monitoring program.

Item Type: Report (Discussion Paper)
Authors/Creators:Temby, N and Crawford, CM
Publisher: Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute
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