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Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program – Estuarine and Marine


The map below highlights the areas where sampling has occurred for this program.

Click on the map to view information about the drainage basins in this area.

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Program start date


Program end date


Objectives of the program

This program aims to:

  • advise councils and managers on water quality and ecosystem health of estuarine and marine waterways in South East Queensland
  • deliver an annual regional assessment of the ambient ecosystem health of 18 river estuaries and nine zones in Moreton Bay and publically communicate this through an annual report card
  • evaluate the effectiveness of management actions aimed at improving and protecting aquatic ecosystems
  • use scientifically robust, relevant and cost-effective methods to provide data for intelligent decision making.

Who is involved?

Lead organisation

Healthy Waterways

Contact details of lead organisation: hwwinfo♲

Partner organisations

Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program Partners

List of indicators monitored

  • Water quality (Turbidity, conductivity/salinity, water temperature, clarity/secchi depth, dissolved oxygen, pH, nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorophyll a)
  • Sewage Plume Mapping (Stable nitrogen isotope 15N uptake by macroalga Catenella nipae)
  • Lyngbya monitoring
  • Soft and hard coral cover and substrate type
  • Seagrass distribution
  • Seagrass depth range
  • Riparian habitat extent

Scale of program

Regional scale

Brief description of sampling locations

  • Water quality and sewage plume mapping at 254 sites throughout South East Queensland estuaries/marine areas
  • Lyngbya monitoring in Eastern Banks of Moreton Bay, West Moreton and Southern Bay, Northern Deception Bay, Waterloo Bay
  • Soft and hard coral cover and substrate type five sites throughout Moreton Bay at Green Island, St Helena Island, Coochiemudlo Island, Peel Island and Myora springs near North Stradbroke Island
  • Seagrass distribution and depth range 18 sites in the Moreton Bay region
  • Riparian habitat assessment for 18 South East Queensland estuaries from the Noosa River in the north to Currumbin Creek in the south

Frequency of monitoring

  • Water quality - monthly
  • Sewage plume mapping - annual
  • Lyngbya monitoring - variable. Bimonthly through summer in Eastern Banks of Moreton Bay, West Moreton and Southern Bay, regular basis in Northern Deception Bay, variable in other locations around Moreton Bay.
  • Soft and hard coral cover and substrate type - annual
  • Seagrass depth range - sites are monitored biannually, ideally during the same month each year. Contingency monitoring at select sites may also occur in response to major environmental events (for example floods, algal blooms)
  • Seagrass distribution - triennially
  • Riparian habitat assessment - estuary foreground and backgrounds are monitored biennially

Where is the program reported?

Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program

Last updated: 18 November 2015

This page should be cited as:

Department of Environment, Science and Innovation, Queensland (2015) Ecosystem Health Monitoring Program – Estuarine and Marine, WetlandInfo website, accessed 15 May 2024. Available at:

Queensland Government
WetlandInfo   —   Department of Environment, Science and Innovation