Dataset: NERP TE Project 6.3 Critical seabird foraging locations and trophic relationships for the Great Barrier Reef (JCU)
Overall the key objectives of this program are to:
- Identify and map the principal foraging locations for shearwaters and boobies breeding at the most important colonies of the GBR, both within and between breeding seasons, using a combination of different Geolocation, GPS and Satellite PTT data loggers;
- Obtain detailed information on the biophysical oceanographic characteristics of these foraging habitats in both the GBR and Coral Sea regions using a range of biophysical parameters derived from satellite and in situ data;
- Quantify how prey availability at these sites varies with climate driven changes in biophysical oceanography;
- quantifying the level of prey availability and associated oceanographic conditions required to maintain viable reproduction at significant breeding colonies and 5) establish potential linkages and interactions between these areas/processes and other anthropogenic activities.