Finalist: Science Innovation Award

University of the Sunshine Coast Marine and Coastal Ecology

Fishy business improves coastal management
South East Queensland

Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast have produced the first ever comprehensive survey of fish diversity, abundance, and distributions in 22 estuaries throughout South East Queensland. The data sheds new light on which species are the most threatened, which habitats need to be protected as a matter of priority, and where marine reserves should be placed to best protect wildlife. 

This ground-breaking initiative is changing the way we view and manage South East Queensland’s estuaries, and will result in more fish populations while ensuring that the unique and iconic seascapes of South East Queensland continue to be a prime recreational asset to be enjoyed by all.