An ecosystem assessment framework to guide management of the Coorong. Final report of the CLLAMMecology Research Cluster

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Brookes, J.D.; Lamontagne, S. ORCID ID icon; Aldridge, K.T.; Benger, S.; Bissett, A.; Bucater, L.; Cheshire, A.C.; Cook, P.L.M.; Deegan, B.M.; Dittmann, S.; Fairweather, P.G.; Fernandes, M.B.; Ford, P.W. ORCID ID icon; Geddes, M.C.; Gillanders, G.M.; Grigg, N.J.; Haese, R.R.; Krull, E.; Langley, R.A.; Lester, R.E.; more

Brookes, J.D.; Lamontagne, S. ORCID ID icon; Aldridge, K.T.; Benger, S.; Bissett, A.; Bucater, L.; Cheshire, A.C.; Cook, P.L.M.; Deegan, B.M.; Dittmann, S.; Fairweather, P.G.; Fernandes, M.B.; Ford, P.W. ORCID ID icon; Geddes, M.C.; Gillanders, G.M.; Grigg, N.J.; Haese, R.R.; Krull, E.; Langley, R.A.; Lester, R.E.; Loo, M.; Munro, A.R.; Noell, C.J.; Nayar, S.; Paton, D.C.; Revill, A.T.; Rogers, D.J.; Rolston, A.; Sharma, S.K.; Short, D.A.; Tanner, J.E.; Webster, I.T.; Wellman, N.R.; Ye, Q. less


2009


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61 pp.


CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS: Through CLLAMMecology, a scientifically verified understanding of the linkages betweenphysical interventions and ecological impacts has been developed which is encapsulated in a modelling framework. As this understanding and framework are sufficiently robust, it is recommended that the framework be used to guide management of the Coorong for achieving ecological objectives.The principal focus of CLLAMMecology was on the Coorong because this was the region of concern for management at the time the study was designed. Since then, the ecological status of the Lower Lakes has also degraded following a period with very low River Murray inflows. The approach undertaken during CLLAMMecology to understand the relationships between management levers, key environmental drivers and their impact on ecological processes is also applicable to the Lower Lakes. CLLAMMecology therefore recommends a similar framework for management of the Lower Lakes. While progress was made, there remain a number of knowledge gaps in the ecology of theCoorong. This is due, in part, to the most detailed studies of the region having been made during a period when it was gradually degrading (especially from the late 1990s onward). Many knowledge gaps could be addressed by studying the ecology of the Coorong during periods when significant freshwater flows occur through the barrages. CLLAMMecology recommends using future environmental flows from the barrages as opportunities to improve the understanding of the ecology of the Coorong. As significant flows through the barrages are unlikely to occur in the next few years, there is an opportunity to design and plan a follow-up study to CLLAMMecology targeting a period with significant environmental flows to the Coorong.


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Brookes, J.D.; Lamontagne, S.; Aldridge, K.T.; Benger, S.; Bissett, A.; Bucater, L.; Cheshire, A.C.; Cook, P.L.M.; Deegan, B.M.; Dittmann, S.; Fairweather, P.G.; Fernandes, M.B.; Ford, P.W.; Geddes, M.C.; Gillanders, G.M.; Grigg, N.J.; Haese, R.R.; Krull, E.; Langley, R.A.; Lester, R.E.; Loo, M.; Munro, A.R.; Noell, C.J.; Nayar, S.; Paton, D.C.; Revill, A.T.; Rogers, D.J.; Rolston, A.; Sharma, S.K.; Short, D.A.; Tanner, J.E.; Webster, I.T.; Wellman, N.R.; Ye, Q. An ecosystem assessment framework to guide management of the Coorong. Final report of the CLLAMMecology Research Cluster. Canberra: CSIRO: Water for a Healthy Country National Research Flagship; 2009. https://doi.org/10.4225/08/585ac4318b01f



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