The impacts of dredging on the early life history stages of coral

Gerard Ricardo

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Abstract

Dredging operations in Australia are often halted during periods when corals are likely to spawn; however, the effectiveness of this shut-down period remains unknown. In this thesis, I identified all possible cause-effect pathways where sediment could affect the key early-life stages of corals, and quantified pressure-response relationships. Suspended sediment generally presented a low-to-moderate risk to pelagic stages (i.e. egg-sperm bundle, fertilisation, embryo, and larval), whereas deposited sediment presented a higher risk to the benthic stage (i.e. settlement). These results provide an empirical basis to formally assess the implications of future dredging over the coral spawning window.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date9 Aug 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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