Research findings from four years (2006-2011) of intensive research at Ningaloo Marine Park have now been released.
The discovery of new marine species, predictions on the effects of human behaviour, and coastal and marine park management are part of that research.
Ningaloo research is an initiative of the Western Australian Marine Science Institution, CSIRO's Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster and the Australian Institute of Marine Science, working in partnership with government, local communities and enterprises.
Conducting the research as a strategic collaboration enabled the involvement of a diverse range of marine, social and economic researchers who worked to better understand both the natural and human systems of the Ningaloo region.
The research has:
• produced computer models that act like “flight simulators” and will assist planners and managers to play out different scenarios and management options which evaluate the potential impacts on the economy, the community, tourism and natural resources; and assist to resolve trade-offs between development and conservation;
• identified detailed patterns of activities of people along the coast and how those relate to access roads and other infrastructure;
• produced highly accurate and detailed maps of the physical and biological components of the reef, lagoon and terrestrial systems;
• studied the impacts of tourism on the park to predict the potential effects of different development plans on environmental, economic and social outcomes • worked with a wide range of stakeholders to identify what information and key communication processes are required for integrated coastal management to be improved and maintained for the long term;
Download the Ningaloo Research Overview Fact Sheet HERE
WAMSI Managing and Conserving the Marine State Fact Sheets:
- Species inventory database for Ningaloo deep waters
- Linking animal communities to change
- Balancing human uses and impacts on our environment – Management Strategy Evaluation
- Local and regional migratory patterns of whale sharks at Ningaloo Marine Park
- Stock assessment of lobster and octopus populations at Ningaloo reef
- Monitoring the health of coral and fish communities at Ningaloo Reef
- The Policy Relevance of Choice Modelling – An application to the Ningaloo and Capes Marine Parks
- Discovering the wealth of research conducted in north west Western Australia
- Ecosystem interactions at Ningaloo Marine Park
- Reef-slope and lagoon fish communities in the Ningaloo Marine Park
- Understanding seasonal changes at Ningaloo Reef
- The foraging and population ecology of manta rays within Ningaloo Marine Park
- Sharks, rays and scientists
- Ecological and genetic connectivity of rays at Ningaloo Reef
- Is fish habitat adequately protected by sanctuary zones at Ningaloo Marine Park?
- Are sanctuary zones at Ningaloo Marine Park assisting in the protection and recovery of rock lobster?
CSIRO Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Fact Sheets:
- Scientists working to test the concept of habitat surrogacy, and its use in decision-making for marine parks
- Socio-economics of Tourism – the Ningaloo Destination Model
- Stakeholder engagement for integrated coastal management
- Mapping human use of the Ningaloo Marine Park
- Can we learn how systems work
- Supporting coastal stakeholders for a sustainable future
- Exploring the depths of the ocean to improve reef management
- Mapping marine and terrestrial habitat in Ningaloo reef
- Assessing the impacts and preferences of campers along the Ningaloo Coast
- The role of sea urchins in Ningaloo Reef
- Weighing up the recreational experience
WAMSI Managing and Conserving the Marine State Reports:
Project 3.1.1 Ningaloo Reef Marine ParkDeepwater Benthic Biodiversity Survey
Project 3.1.1d Identification of Demosponges, Echinoderms and Molluscs from the Ningaloo Deepwater Surveys – 2006 to 2008
Project 3.1.2 Methods of monitoring the health of benthic communities at Ningaloo
Project 3.1.3 Stock assessment of targeted invertebrates at Ningaloo Reef
Project 3.1.4 Population monitoring protocols for whale sharks
Project 3.2.1 Diversity, abundance and habitat utilisation of sharks and rays
Project 3.2.2a Ecosystem impacts of human usage and the effectiveness of zoning for biodiversity conservation
Project 3.2.2b Diversity, abundance and distribution of intertidalinvertebrate species
Project 3.2.2c Trophic effects through herbivory at Ningaloo Reef
Project 3.2.2d Lagoon Invertebrates
Project 3.2.2e Adequacy of zoning in the Ningaloo Marine Park
Project 3.2.3 An Evaluation of Management Strategies for line fishing
Project 3.4.1 Reef Morphology and Growth History
Project 3.4.2 Characterisation of Geomorphology and Sedimentology
Project 3.5 Characterisation and modelling of oceanographic processes
Project 3.6 Scientific Coordination: Administration, Communication and Data Management
Project 3.8 North West Marine Research Inventory
Project 3.10 Assessment of Coastal Groundwater and Linkages with Ningaloo Reef
CSIRO Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Reports:
- Wojciech Klonowski, Mervyn Lynch, Peter Fearns, Leon Majewski,and Mark Gray (2011) Hyperspectral Mapping of Bathymetry and Benthic Cover Ningaloo. Collaboration Cluster Final Report No. 1a.
- Halina T. Kobryn, Kristin Wouters and Lynnath E. Beckley (2011) Habitats of the Ningaloo Reef and adjacent coastal areas determined through hyperspectral imagery. Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Final Report No.1b.
- M. van Keulen and M.W. Langdon (2011) Biodiversity and ecology of the Ningaloo Reef lagoon. Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Final Report No. 1c.
- Greg A. Skilleter, Neil Loneragan, Ali McCarthy & Halina Kobryn (2011) Assessing invertebrate biodiversity on Ningaloo Reef: Validation of habitat surrogacy – Interim. Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Interim Final Report No. 1d.
- Lynnath E. Beckley, Claire B. Smallwood, Susan A. Moore and Halina T. Kobryn (2010) Human use of Ningaloo Marine Park. Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Final Report No. 2.
- Tod Jones, David Wood, Michael Hughes, Marg Deery, Liz Fredline, Roy Jones, Beth Fulton, Tien Pham, Daniel Pambudi, Larry Dwyer, Ray Spurr, Kelly Chapman, Anna Lewis, Philippa Chandler and James Catlin (2011) Socio-economics of Tourism. Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Final Report No. 3.
- Atakelty Hailu, Lei Gao, Jeffrey Durkin and Michael Burton (2011) Estimation and integration of socioeconomic values of human use of Ningaloo. Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Final Report No. 4.
- Peta L. Dzidic, Geoffrey J. Syme & Jeffrey M. Dambacher (2011) Ningaloo Client Outreach Community Report. Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Final Report No. 5.
- Fulton, E., Gray, R., Sporcic, M., Scott, R., Little, R., Hepburn, M., Gorton, B., Hatfield, B., Fuller, M., Jones, T., De la Mare, W., Boschetti, F., Chapman, K., Dzidic, P., Syme, G., Dambacher, J. & McDonald, D. (2011) Adaptive Futures for Ningaloo. Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Final Report No. 5.3.
- Peta L. Dzidic, Geoffrey J. Syme, Jeffrey M. Dambacher & Sarah Malkin (2011) Ningaloo Client Outreach. Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Final Technical Report No 5.4
- abio Boschetti, Beth Fulton, Rich Little, Arnaud de La Tour, Pierre Hardy, Nicky Grigg & Pierre Horwitz (2010). Simple computer models in the management of complex ecological systems. Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Final Report No X.
- Neil Loneragan, Irene Abraham, Bill de la Mare and Wendy Steele (2011) Ningaloo Cluster Coordination and Management. Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Final Report No. 6.