Did you know, the word “Ningaloo” is aboriginal and means “Deep Water”, probably due to the close proximity of the reef to the coast. According to the Yinigudura people, the word “Ningaloo” also means “land jutting out to sea”.
Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing coral reef on the west coast of any continent in the world, extending over 300 km. The reef is home to a range of marine life with the shallow lagoons and deeper offshore waters creating a diverse array of habitats.
To increase the ecological understanding of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area’s deep and shallow reefs and the reef’s shark and turtle populations, BHP and CSIRO have formed a strategic marine research partnership, Ningaloo Outlook. This Industry-Science Research Partnership is investing $5.4 million over five years to gather new knowledge on the reef and its important ecological values.
The Ningaloo Outlook research program expects to deliver:
- Ecological assessments on the status of the ecological values
- New knowledge on Ningaloo reef to help conservation and management of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area
- Community engagement to build capacity and understanding within the local community of Exmouth
- Training opportunities for the next generation of scientists to become world-class researchers
- Creating science knowledge transfer opportunities through an Annual Symposium and meeting with the people who are responsible for managing the Ningaloo Marine Park and World Heritage Area
On completion of the Ningaloo Outlook project, all metadata associated with the research themes will be available via the CSIRO Marlin system. Data generated by the project will be deposited in the CSIRO Data Archive Portal . If you have any data queries in the interim, please contact the Project Lead to discuss.
National Science Week and Exmouth School
Learning all about Marine Litter… or as some call it… Marine Debris! Debris in the marine environment represents both a hazard to marine life as well as an unwanted source of pollution. So as part of CSIRO’s National Science Week (13-19 August) engagement activities, Damian Thomson from the Shallow Reefs team has been busy talking […]
Using DNA to understand whale shark population size
Genetic ageing of whale sharks a world first! We are collecting DNA samples from the whale shark population at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia, to determine their age, while also unlocking the secrets of where they travel to and how deep they go. Using DNA from whale sharks for genetic ageing has never been attempted before […]
Marine debris levels at Ningaloo… what are we finding?
Ningaloo Reef one of the cleanest reefs in the world More than 90% of waste found floating offshore is plastic. A national study estimated there are more than five pieces of litter along the coastline for every person living in Australia. Despite this, our research shows that Ningaloo Reef has very low levels of marine […]