Reef monitoring surveys
AIMS Reef Monitoring Project provides long-term quantitative data on coral reefs spanning much of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). Each year, information is gathered on corals, algae, reef fishes from 48 reefs and Crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) are surveyed on about 100 reefs. Summary data is available online as soon as preliminary data analysis is completed.
Cruise reports are published within 3 weeks of each field-sampling trip. They provide a basic summary of which reefs were sampled and a broadscale summary of coral cover and COTS outbreak status. Disturbances that were observed such as disease and bleaching are also recorded. The location of the reefs visited and the reef summaries are also available to view in Google maps.
Survey Reef Pages are published when data summaries are completed and include trends for broadscale coral cover and COTS population. Reefs with permanent sites established also show trends for fish and benthic communities.