Waier and Dauar Reef

Surveyed 24-Feb-2013 as part of the NERP TE Project 2.3

Waier And Dauar Reef back
Waier And Dauar Reef first flank
Waier And Dauar Reef front
Waier And Dauar Reef second flank

Waier and Dauar Island Reef was surveyed for the first time using manta tow in 2013. Median reef-wide live coral cover was moderate (20-30%) and numbers of crown-of-thorns starfish were recorded at outbreak levels that may have some impact on coral cover. Signs of coral bleaching were restricted to small numbers of individual colonies on the second flank of the reef. Similar low level signs of white syndrome were observed on scattered coral colonies on the back, front and second flank of the reef. No signs of black band disease observed. Waier and Dauar Island Reef was classified as Incipient Outbreak in 2013.

There were no photo transects collected but estimates from one Reef Health and Impact Surveys (RHIS) site on the reef crest at Dauar indicated that hard coral cover was high (68%) and soft coral was low (2%). RHIS indicated COTS and some coral diseases were present.

Manta Tow:

Fish and Benthos Surveys:
RHIS surveys:

Waier and Dauar Reef Perimeter Hard Coral Crown-of-thorns starfish graph