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Pheasant, Mike; Stetner, Douglas; Pollard, Lachlan; Barrenger, Trevor; Raby, Lee; Roelfsema, Christiaan M (2015): Habitat Maps derived from Point Lookout Ecological Surveys (PLEA) of the Shag Rock, Manta Ray Bommie and Flat Rock dive sites at Point Lookout, North Stradbroke Island, Australia, in 2014, in ArcGIS (shapefile) format. PANGAEA,

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In 2014, UniDive (The University of Queensland Underwater Club) conducted an ecological assessment of the Point Lookout Dive sites for comparison with similar surveys conducted in 2001 - the PLEA project. Involvement in the project was voluntary. Members of UniDive who were marine experts conducted training for other club members who had no, or limited, experience in identifying marine organisms and mapping habitats.
Since the 2001 detailed baseline study, no similar seasonal survey has been conducted. The 2014 data is particularly important given that numerous changes have taken place in relation to the management of, and potential impacts on, these reef sites. In 2009, Moreton Bay Marine Park was re-zoned, and Flat Rock was converted to a marine national park zone (Green zone) with no fishing or anchoring. In 2012, four permanent moorings were installed at Flat Rock. Additionally, the entire area was exposed to the potential effects of the 2011 and 2013 Queensland floods, including flood plumes which carried large quantities of sediment into Moreton Bay and surrounding waters. The population of South East Queensland has increased from 2.49 million in 2001 to 3.18 million in 2011 (BITRE, 2013). This rapidly expanding coastal population has increased the frequency and intensity of both commercial and recreational activities around Point Lookout dive sites (EPA 2008).
Habitats were mapped using a combination of towed GPS photo transects, aerial photography and expert knowledge. This data provides georeferenced information regarding the major features of each of the Point Lookout Dive Sites.
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Kovacs, Eva M; Bray, Peran; Thurstan, Ruth; Flower, Jason; Beger, Maria; Gallo, Michele; Loder, Jennifer; Gomez Cabrera, K-Le; Lea, Alex; Ortiz, Juan Carlos; Roelfsema, Christiaan M (2014): Ecological assessment data of the marine flora and fauna of Point Lookout in 2014 (PLEA). University of Queensland Underwater Club, Brisbane, Australia, PANGAEA,
Roelfsema, Christiaan M; Thurstan, Ruth; Flower, Jason; Beger, Maria; Gallo, Michele; Loder, Jennifer; Kovacs, Eva M; Gomez Cabrera, K-Le; Lea, Alex; Ortiz, Juan Carlos; Brunner, Dunia; Kleine, Diana (2014): Ecological Assessment of the Flora and Fauna of Point Lookout Dive Sites, North Stradbroke Island, Queensland. UniDive, The University of Queensland Underwater Club, Brisbane, Australia, hdl:10013/epic.45045.d001
Thurstan, Ruth; Flower, Jason; Beger, Maria; Dudgeon, Christine; Gomez Cabrera, K-Le; Ortiz, Juan Carlos; Kovacs, Eva M; Loder, Jennifer; Saunders, Megan I; Kleine, Diana; Roelfsema, Christiaan M (2014): Survey Methods Manual Unidive Point Lookout Ecological Assessment (PLEA). The University of Queensland Underwater Club, Brisbane, Australia, hdl:10013/epic.45059.d001
Latitude: -27.405000 * Longitude: 153.546000
Date/Time Start: 2014-06-30T00:00:00 * Date/Time End: 2014-06-30T00:00:00
Point_Lookout_Reefs * Latitude: -27.405000 * Longitude: 153.546000 * Method/Device: Multiple investigations (MULT)
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