WAMSI science discovers a new bioindicator to assist with monitoring sediment-related stress in corals - mucus.
Three new WAMSI reports have been released on the primary producer responses to dredging.
Researchers have compared the impact low light and suspended sediment particles have on coral and found that, of the two events associated with dredging, several coral species are more likely to be affected by the loss in light intensity.
Understanding whether sponges can survive in turbid water, and being covered in sediment from dredging operations are important questions scientists are asking.
New research results help predictions about whether seagrass can recover from dredging associated with large port developments, and if so, how quickly.
WAMSI dredging science research has delivered the first guide to the choice of coral species for laboratory experiments to determine the effects of dredging activities on adult and juvenile corals in Western Australia.
This report brings together the world knowledge on modelling the size, extent and behaviour of dredging debris to determine the most reliable science-based results achieved to date.
Researchers have, for the first time, reviewed the current state of knowledge and gaps required to predict sediment transport within coral reef and vegetated coastal ecosystems.
This report presents a review of available knowledge relating to Western Australian waters in order to improve the ability to estimate and predict the characteristics of dredge generated sediments.
Sediment researchers may have cracked a key to early recognition of coral stress by observing mucous build-up in response to dredge related sediment.