Ningaloo research 2006 to 2011
- Ningaloo Atlas
- Australian Institute of Marine Science
In 2005, $5 million of Western Australian Government funding was allocated through the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) to support management of the Ningaloo Marine Park (NMP). Through partnership with the Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster (funded by the Wealth from Oceans Flagship), the original $5 million of State funding was leveraged into $36 million in cash and in-kind support over the period 2006 to 2011. The combined research programs involved over a 100 scientists across multiple disciplines from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the Western Australian Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC), The University of Western Australia (UWA), Curtin University of Technology (CUT), Edith Cowan University (ECU), Murdoch University (Murdoch), BHP-Billiton, and the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).
The research program was based on information needs identified in the Management Plan for the Ningaloo Marine Park and the Muiron Islands Marine Management Area 2005-2015. The projects were managed under two programs: WAMSI Node 3 Projects (Table 1) and Ningaloo Cluster Projects (Table 2).
The combined research program has generated a fundamental improvement in knowledge and understanding of the physical and biological processes of Ningaloo Reef and of the impacts and values of humans that utilise the region. As such, a more comprehensive baseline of knowledge and data for the NMP has been established, against which future change can be measured.
For more information on the research outcomes, see Node 3 Final Summary Report and Strategic Integrated Science for the Marine State: A Synthesis of WAMSI Research 2006-2011 (attached).