The inshore marine health of the Wet Tropics is assessed on water quality, coral, seagrass, and fish. For 2021-22 the scores and grades are provided where data is available, with further development required for the fish index.
There are four inshore marine reporting zones, North, Central, South, and Palm Island.
For 2021-22 the overall grades for inshore zones ranged between ‘moderate’ and ‘good’.
Compared to the previous reporting period (2020-21):
- The score for the North zone increased from 57 to 64 and the grade improved from ‘moderate’ to ‘good’.
- The score for the Central zone decreased from 61 to 60 and the grade declined from ‘good’ to ‘moderate’.
- The score for the South zone increased from 51 to 53 and the grade has remained ‘moderate’.
- The score for the Palm Island zone increased from 55 to 56 and the grade remained ‘moderate’.
indicators and confidence
Confidence surrounding the data used in the coasters has been assessed using a multi-criteria framework.