Dataset: Population monitoring of Holothuria scabra (sandfish) on Warrior Reef, Torres Strait 2002


The sandfish on Warrior Reef were surveyed in October 2002 including a resurvey of sites examined in 1995/6, 1998 and 2000. This showed that the population had continued to recover, but was still seriously depleted and we are not yet able to recommend its reopening. However, the density of the breeding cohort was the strongest ever surveyed, so we might hope for a strong recruitment in 2004. We did observe a significant change in the distribution of sandfish on Warrior Reef that may be related to habitat changes in the northern section of Warrior Reef.

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