Lead Agency: Dr Craig Mundy, Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
End Date: 28 February 2022
Status: In Progress
Aims and Objectives:
The principal aim of this project is to extend our understanding of the seasonal changes and
geographical gradients or breakpoints in understory algal communities on productive abalone reefs
as a major determinant of reef/block scale abalone productivity. The secondary aim is to place the
nutritional quality of understory species adjacent to point-source and/or unnatural inputs in
context to the natural and dynamic contribution from natural processes.
Our specific objectives are;
- To classify the productivity of East coast abalone blocks using key nutritional components of
understory algae as a proxy for potential productivity.
- Determine the role of nutritional status of kelp in the annual seasonal (summer) decline in
condition and resilience of abalone to post-harvest stresses
- Examine the seasonal changes of understory algae nutrition at specific locations where
nutrient input is increased (sewerage discharge) and/or displays a non-natural pattern of arrival (e.g. weekly feeding of salmon).
Further information will be provided soon.
Featured image: Dean Lisson