Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay

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An interdisciplinary examination of the geologic, marine and human history of Moreton Bay.

The south-east Queensland region is currently experiencing the most rapid urbanisation in Australia. This growth in human population, industry and infrastructure puts pressure on the unique and diverse natural environment of Moreton Bay. Much loved by locals and holiday-goers, Moreton Bay is also an important biogeographic region because its coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangroves and saltmarshes provide a suitable environment for both tropical and temperate species. The bay supports a large number of species of global conservation significance, including marine turtles, dugongs, dolphins, whales and migratory shorebirds, which use the area for feeding or breeding. + Full description

Environmental History and Ecology of Moreton Bay provides an interdisciplinary examination of Moreton Bay, increasing understanding of existing and emerging pressures on the region and how these may be mitigated and managed. With chapters on the bay's human uses by Aboriginal peoples and later European settlers, its geology, water quality, marine habitats and animal communities, and commercial and recreational fisheries, this book will be of value to students in the marine sciences, environmental consultants, policy-makers and recreational fishers.

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"the definitive book on Moreton Bay."
Courier Mail Brisbane, 26 August 2017, p. 69

"I found the text very easy to read and think it suitable for senior secondary as a resource. I can see it's best-fit for the syllabus topics of 'Managing the natural environment - Catchment management', looking at the impacts of sedimentation in Moreton Bay, for example, and "Resources and the environment - Sustaining biodiversity'."
Julie Davis, Queensland Geographer 52(2), September 2017


Paperback | August 2017 | $ 69.95
ISBN: 9781486307210 | 208 pages | 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

ePDF | August 2017
ISBN: 9781486307227
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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ePUB | August 2017
ISBN: 9781486307234
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  • A multi-disciplinary and authoritative account of the biodiversity-rich Moreton Bay region, with implications for its management
  • Highlights Moreton Bay’s important habitats and unique species, including dugongs, turtles, dolphins and whales
  • Relevant to other environmentally significant sites impacted by the pressures of human development



Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 The physical environment – geology, geomorphology and sedimentology
Chapter 3 The history of human use of the Moreton Bay region
Chapter 4 Benthic habitats in Moreton Bay
Chapter 5 Fish and invertebrate diversity in the Moreton Bay region
Chapter 6 Species of conservation significance in Moreton Bay: the charismatic inhabitants
Chapter 7 The fisheries of Moreton Bay and the fisheries biology and ecology of key species
Chapter 8 Nutrients, sediments, pollutants and their impacts
Chapter 9 Where to now?
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Daryl McPhee is currently Head of Higher Degree Research at Bond University and a Director of the Commonwealth Government’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. He is the author of Fisheries Management in Australia, and contributed to The Gold Coast Transformed: From Wilderness to Urban Ecosystem. Much of his other published work has focused on understanding cross-disciplinary issues in marine and coastal areas. He has spent over 25 years researching Moreton Bay and has built up a wealth of knowledge on the region.