The Wet Tropics Pilot Report Card was released by the Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership in December 2016. It reported on waterway health data for the year July 2015-June 2016 as an initiative of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.
This was the first time that data for the entire Wet Tropics region had been analysed and integrated to produce waterway health grades that were presented in a format that made complex scientific information easily understood by the community.
The Pilot Report Card also allowed the Partnership to develop, test and improve the methodologies used to produce the grades. Due to these improvements the scores and grades published in the Pilot Report Card for 2014-15 have been updated for estuaries, basins, inshore seagrass and offshore coral and are now presented alongside the 2015-16 results. Details of revisions and updates are provided in the methods and results technical reports for 2015-16.
Also, one of the key findings from the Pilot Report Card was that there were a number of knowledge gaps and the Partnership has been able to address these in order to provide a more complete picture of waterway health for the second improved Wet Tropics Report Card 2017 (reporting on data July 2015-June 2016).
To compare the data for the two years (2014-15 and 2015-2016) go to the Report Card 2017.