In 2022, the Partnership reintroduced marine grading to show inshore marine conditions adjacent to the Fitzroy Basin. Knowing the effects of pressures on marine habitats helps target management actions and inform the community.
The marine monitoring data informs the Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting Program and is used to evaluate progress towards the Reef Plan 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan targets, objectives, and outcomes
It also informs progress against the objectives under the Roof 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan.
Marine monitoring reflects the condition and trend of important ecosystems in inshore waters and water quality. The inshore marine health of the Fitzroy region in 2020-21 examined three indicators: water quality, coral, and seagrass.
This grading is made possible by the Marine Monitoring Program coordinated by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) and water quality monitoring by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) and including major partners, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University.