RAC WA: Examining the relationship between fishery recruitment, essential benthic habitats and environmental drivers in Exmouth Gulf
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) WA
1. Collate and review historical, satellite, habitat and environmental data for the Exmouth Gulf and Shark Bay ecosystems to identify factors that may influence recruitment.
2. Assess the ability of different techniques, at various spatial and temporal scales, to identify, assess and monitor critical fish habitat and environmental conditions which may affect recruitment patterns of prawns into the Exmouth Gulf Prawn Managed Fishery
3. Collect local environmental and productivity data to assess the feasibility of collecting broad scale data remotely.
4. Develop a cost effective monitoring program for critical fish habitat and environmental drivers which allows the development of mitigation measures to assist in alleviating poor recruitment events.