Human use patterns, impacts, values and aspirations for coast waters of the Western Kimberley
Kimberly Marine Research Program: Project 2.1.1
Location: Kimberley Coast - Eighty Mile Beach to Northern Territory border
Project Leader: Lynnath Beckley, Murdoch University
Telephone: 9360 6392
- To benchmark the spatial and temporal distribution patterns of boat and shore based human use in coastal waters off the Kimberley Coast.
- Monthly aerial surveys‐ document human use of the coastal waters and shores remotely by plane by recording: access tracks, boats, trailers, cars, coastal campsites.
- Desk top study of potential impacts of human use along the Kimberley Coast.
- Desk top assessment of visitation by expedition cruise vessels along the remote Kimberley Coast.
Proposed location for the project
- Derby to Broome coastline
- Kimberley coastline and nearshore waters.
Project duration August 2012‐June 2015
- Current human impacts and risks identified and predicted in the coastal waters of the Kimberley
- Improved capacity to plan and manage the Kimberley marine parks and reserves
- Better planning and management of tourism, recreational and commercial fisheries, pearling and aquaculture in the coastal waters of the Kimberley
- Assessment of “value for money” and effectiveness of Government‐funded conservation and management programs in the coastal waters of the Kimberley
- Improved knowledge transfer of social values and human impacts and uptake into policy, planning and management in Western Australia.
- Aerial surveys generate first human activity maps for the Kimberley coast (WAMSI)
- Broome boat ramp study indicates boating popularity (WAMSI)
- Human use study confirms Kimberley’s top tourist cruise destinations (WAMSI)
- Researchers take a snapshot of how we use the Kimberley coast (ABC)
- ABC TV news coverage of coastal use survey
Beckley, L.E., Fisher, E. & Davies, H. 2014. Cumulative visitation by expedition cruise vessels along the remote Kimberley coast. Australian Marine Sciences Association Conference, Canberra.