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Kimberley Marine Research Program

WAMSI's $30 million Kimberley Marine Research Program (KMRP) is delivering the marine research needed to support the management of the marine environments of the Kimberley region, especially the proposed state government marine parks.

We have 160 scientists from 10 partner agencies working on 26 research projects along the 13,500km Kimberley coastline.

WAMSI has designed and managed this research program from its inception to result in the greatest possible likelihood of WA’s public investment in marine science leading to successful knowledge transfer and impact to benefit researchers, stakeholders and ultimately WA’s marine ecosystems and the communities and industries that depend upon them.

              KMRP Strategy                                        KMRP Science Plan

Dr Kelly Waples of WA’s Department of Parks and Wildlife is the Science Coordinator of WAMSI’s $30 million Kimberley Marine Research Program.

“The objective of the KMRP is to provide a baseline of information for future marine park and reserve management and coastal planning in the region,” Dr Waples said. “To be successful, the research projects must be designed to deliver the information that’s needed, and the results have to be provided in a form that is useful and usable for managers.”

Each project has a science plan that has been approved by the main end-user – Parks and Wildlife – as well as the Minister for Science. Project objectives and outputs are built into legal contracts between WAMSI and the WAMSI partners completing the research, and linked to milestone payments. This helps keep projects on-track over time, focused on end-user needs.

Project science reviews by an independent panel (including representatives from Parks and Wildlife) helps ensure research quality and progress is maintained, and the department’s Director of Science and Conservation has oversight of project scope and appropriateness of delivery.

Increasing end-user involvement and understanding during the life of the project not only improves the project, it also increases the chances that the results will be actually used, and the overall success of the research program.

The $30 million Kimberley Marine Research Program is funded through major investment supported by $12 million from the Western Australian government's Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy co-invested by the WAMSI partners and supported by the Traditional Owners of the Kimberley.