Protocols

UVNSW groups currently use two monitoring and assessment protocols, thus ensuring that a standardised set of methodologies are used by all groups conducting similar activities, thereby enabling comparisons between geographic areas to be made. For example, an assessment and comparison of marine debris loads between the north coast, mid-north coast, and the south coast of NSW can be conducted.

Marine debrisMarine Debris Surveys

The protocol was developed to aid interested volunteer groups who have identified that there is a problem in their local area. It provides a mechanism for the collection of meaningful information on marine debris in a standardised manner. The protocol aims to scientifically quantify the composition of marine debris and also provide clues as to its sources. If survey sites are drawn from a random sample of coastal areas, data generated are suitable for scientifically valid analyses of trends in debris prevalence, across regions and through time. The data may also be suitable for assessing the effectiveness of targeted source reduction programs.

Download or view the Marine Debris Protocol.

Also available are two Marine Debris Field Datasheets which can be photocopied onto underwater polyester paper to facilitate data collection in the field. The first template has no common prefilled debris items on the data table Debris Survey Datasheet; the second has a number of common debris items Debris Survey Datasheet Prefilled. Volunteers can choose for themselves which one to download.

If you intend to use the Marine Debris Protocol to collect observations on marine debris in your local area then you will need to request an Excel Debris Data Entry Template. Currently, the template cannot be downloaded from this website. Please email bedgar@scu.edu.au to request a template. Instructions on how to complete data entry can be found in the first worksheet in the workbook.

Fish Inventories

PipefishPredictions for climate-induced change in fish communities in temperate waters include the likelihood of significant range shifts by 2030. On a statewide scale, tropical species will become resident throughout the year in southern NSW waters, with present resident southern species shifting southwards, driven by sea surface temperature warming, change or strengthening of East Australian current, habitat losses and gains. Thus, species distributions will shift south to match preferred temperature ranges with the southern range limits of low-latitude tropical species expanding. The protocol enables groups to generate representative fish species lists and provide the frequency of occurrence as well as relative abundance data.

The standardised protocol for monitoring UVNSW targeted fish species in NSW waters, descriptions of each of the fish species and lists of the species are available for viewing or download. A set of images and a proforma for data recording that can be photocopied onto 'underwater' polyester paper are also available for viewing or download.

If you intend to use the Targeted Fish Species Protocol to collect observations on fish populations in your local area then you will need to request an Excel Fish Survey Data Entry Template. Currently, the template cannot be downloaded from this website. Please email bedgar@scu.edu.au to request a template. Instructions on how to complete data entry can be found in the first worksheet in the workbook.