Chapter 3: Seagrass. In: Fitzpatrick, B.M. and Penrose, H.M. (eds) A preliminary marine ecological survey of Bateman Bay, Ningaloo Reef
van Keulen, M. (2002) Chapter 3: Seagrass. In: Fitzpatrick, B.M. and Penrose, H.M. (eds) A preliminary marine ecological survey of Bateman Bay, Ningaloo Reef. Oceanwise Environmental Scientists, Perth, Western Australia.
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Ningaloo Reef is internationally recognized as a highly productive and biodiverse marine ecosystem of potential World Heritage listing. Currently, this fringing barrier reef system and its coasts are subject to significant human pressure. Unlike the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef is particularly susceptible to visitor disturbance due to its unique proximity to the coast.
Coral Coast Marina Development Pty Ltd (CCMD) has proposed an inland marina style resort complex at Bateman Bay. The condition of the marine and coastal environment forms the central focus of attraction for this development. CCMD’s baseline data collection of these integral environmental components was considered insufficient to predict potential impacts.
Due to the scale and nature of this proposal and the biodiversity significance of the Ningaloo Reef, information describing the pre-development condition of the marine environment was considered essential.
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