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    A 12-month program was developed and implemented in order to obtain baseline information on water quality (salinity, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, dissolved nutrients, silica), ecological condition as shown by Chlorophyll a, benthic macroinvertebrates, pathogens, and habitat extent determined from habitat mapping. Five key estuaries and coastal waters were assessed in the Southern NRM Region of Tasmania. The data represented by this record was collected in Little Swanport.

  • The effect of pH, temperature and sperm concentration on the fertilisation of Sterechinus neumayeri was investigated. Adult Sterechinus neumayeri were collected from Ellis Fjord Narrows between December and January 2011-12 and held in the Ecotox Field Aquarium Module until used. Between 3-4 male and female individuals were spawned using 0.5M KCl and gametes were collected separately before being fertilised in treatment. The data set shows the percentage of fertilised and non-fertilised eggs of Sterechinus neumayeri scored at 20h post-fertilisation. Eggs were fertilised in various combinations of pH, temperature and sperm concentration treatments (pH: 8.0 (Control), 7.8 and 7.6; Temperature: 1 degrees C (Control), 3 degrees C and 5 degrees C; Sperm concentration (sperm:egg ratio): 1000:1 (Control), 750:1, 250: 1, 50:1 and 5:1). At 20h post fertilisation, 5 ml aliquot was removed from fertilisation vials and eggs were counted and determined if they were fertilised or not. Seawater parameters of treatments were measured at the start and end of the experiment. Detailed information of the spreadsheets are as follows: Seawater Parameters column headings: Temperature - measured in degrees C , shows the temperature treatments used pH - shows the pH levels used Subheading pH - pH level measured for the day using NIST certified buffers Subheading MV - pH level measured for the day in millivolts Subheading Total pH - total pH level in seawater obtained from MV measurements Subheading Temp - temperature of seawater measured for the day 1 deg C column headings: Experiment - number of experiments pH - shows the pH for each treatment Sperm Concentration - shows the sperm concentration used for each treatment in a egg:sperm ratio Rep - shows the number of replicates per experiment Unfertilised eggs - eggs without visible fertilisation envelope and no cleavage after 20h Fertilised eggs - eggs with visible fertilisation envelope and/or cleavage after 20h Fertilised deformed eggs - eggs with visible fertilisation envelope but deformed Total eggs - total eggs scored (whether fertilised or unfertilised) % Fertilised - fertilised eggs (deformed and non-deformed)/Total eggs 3 deg C and 5 deg C have the same column headings as 1 deg C. AAS3134 Abatus sp Growth Experiment Davis 2011-12: The effect of pH and temperature on the growth rate of juvenile Abatus ingens and Abatus shackletoni were investigated. Adult Abatus were collected off Airport Beach in waters 4-5m depth. Data set shows the growth rate of juveniles of Abatus ingens and Abatus shackletoni after a 4-week exposure to various combinations of pH and temperature. Juveniles of each species was removed from maternal pouches and photographed on the oral side before being exposed to combinations of pH (8.0 (Control), 7.8 and 7.6) and temperature (-1 degrees C (Control) and 1 degrees C) levels. They were incubated in treatments for 4 weeks before being removed and rephotographed. The lengths of 10 spines per juvenile were measured in the pre- and post-experiment photographs using ImageJ and the difference calculated to get a growth rate per juvenile. Seawater parameters of treatments were measured at the beginning of the experiment and subsequently once a day until the end of the experiment. Detailed information of the spreadsheets are as follows: A ingens (pre-exp) i.e. juvenile Abatus ingens spine lengths measured before exposure to experimental treatments. Column headings are: Spine number and length (mm): Length of each spine (1 - 10) measured per juvenile in mm. R1 - R12: Number of juveniles A ingens (post-exp) i.e. juvenile Abatus ingens spine lengths measured after 4-week exposure to experimental treatments. Column headings are identical to the above. A shackletoni (pre-exp) i.e. juvenile Abatus shackletoni spine lengths measured before exposure to experimental treatments. Column headings are identical to the above. A shackletoni (post-exp) i.e. juvenile Abatus shackletoni spine lengths measured after 4-week exposure to experimental treatments. Column headings are identical to the above. 2011-12 Aquarium pH and temp main headings show different treatment parameters. Column sub-headings are: Date - Date of measured seawater parameters Salinity - salinity of seawater measured Ppm - Amount of CO2 gas pumped into water recorded in parts per million pH - measured pH of seawater using NIST-certified buffers MV - pH of seawater recorded in millivolts Total pH - total pH of seawater derived from MV Temp - Temperature of seawater measured in degrees C.

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    A 12-month program was developed and implemented in order to obtain baseline information on water quality (salinity, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, dissolved nutrients, silica), ecological condition as shown by Chlorophyll a, benthic macroinvertebrates, pathogens, and habitat extent determined from habitat mapping. Five key estuaries and coastal waters were assessed in the Southern NRM Region of Tasmania. The data represented by this record was collected in North West Bay.

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    A 12-month program was developed and implemented in order to obtain baseline information on water quality (salinity, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, dissolved nutrients, silica), ecological condition as shown by Chlorophyll a, benthic macroinvertebrates, pathogens, and habitat extent determined from habitat mapping. Five key estuaries and coastal waters were assessed in the Southern NRM Region of Tasmania. The data represented by this record was collected in Port Cygnet.

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    A 12-month program was developed and implemented in order to obtain baseline information on water quality (salinity, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, dissolved nutrients, silica), ecological condition as shown by Chlorophyll a, benthic macroinvertebrates, pathogens, and habitat extent determined from habitat mapping. Five key estuaries and coastal waters were assessed in the Southern NRM Region of Tasmania. The data represented by this record was collected in Moulting Lagoon/Great Swanport.

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    A 12-month program was developed and implemented in order to obtain baseline information on water quality (salinity, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, dissolved nutrients, silica), ecological condition as shown by Chlorophyll a, benthic macroinvertebrates, pathogens, and habitat extent determined from habitat mapping. Five key estuaries and coastal waters were assessed in the Southern NRM Region of Tasmania. The data represented by this record was collected in Pitt Water / Orielton Lagoon.

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    We implemented a monitoring program developed by Crawford and White (2006), which was designed to assess the current condition of six key estuaries in NW Tasmania: Port Sorell, the Leven, Inglis, Black, Montagu and Arthur River estuaries. This study considered a range of water quality and ecological indictors commonly used to monitor estuaries. These included: salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, nutrients (nitrate + nitrite, dissolved reactive phosphorus and ammonia), silica molybdate reactive and chlorophyll a for the water column; chlorophyll a and macroinvertebrate community structure amongst the sediments. The data represented by this record was collected in Port Sorell.

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    We implemented a monitoring program developed by Crawford and White (2006), which was designed to assess the current condition of six key estuaries in NW Tasmania: Port Sorell, the Leven, Inglis, Black, Montagu and Arthur River estuaries. This study considered a range of water quality and ecological indictors commonly used to monitor estuaries. These included: salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, nutrients (nitrate + nitrite, dissolved reactive phosphorus and ammonia), silica molybdate reactive and chlorophyll a for the water column; chlorophyll a and macroinvertebrate community structure amongst the sediments. The data represented by this record was collected in Leven River.

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    We implemented a monitoring program developed by Crawford and White (2006), which was designed to assess the current condition of six key estuaries in NW Tasmania: Port Sorell, the Leven, Inglis, Black, Montagu and Arthur River estuaries. This study considered a range of water quality and ecological indictors commonly used to monitor estuaries. These included: salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, nutrients (nitrate + nitrite, dissolved reactive phosphorus and ammonia), silica molybdate reactive and chlorophyll a for the water column; chlorophyll a and macroinvertebrate community structure amongst the sediments. The data represented by this record was collected in Inglis River.

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    We implemented a monitoring program developed by Crawford and White (2006), which was designed to assess the current condition of six key estuaries in NW Tasmania: Port Sorell, the Leven, Inglis, Black, Montagu and Arthur River estuaries. This study considered a range of water quality and ecological indictors commonly used to monitor estuaries. These included: salinity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, pH, nutrients (nitrate + nitrite, dissolved reactive phosphorus and ammonia), silica molybdate reactive and chlorophyll a for the water column; chlorophyll a and macroinvertebrate community structure amongst the sediments. The data represented by this record was collected in Arthur River.