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 Billiton Petroleum 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
Symposium presentations now available…
Presentations given at the Ningaloo Outlook Symposium (Year 2) are now available for download! So….if you missed attending the event, there is no need to miss out on seeing the presentations. All presentations from the research themes, plus our special speakers Professor Gary Kendrick from UWA and Mr. Ray Denholm from Exmouth School are available […]
2017 Ningaloo Outlook Symposium – 14th February
The annual Ningaloo Outlook Symposium will take place on Tuesday 14 February 2017 at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre in Perth. The meeting will update project stakeholders and researchers on the second year of research from each of the three themes, deep reefs, shallow reefs and tagging as well as providing an important overview […]
Short list of turtle names… winners announced!
Sorry… our competition has now closed…. our winning names are: Jurabi Ningles Budgial It was a close tie for third, with Myrtle losing out by a meager one vote!!! Thank you to everyone who submitted a vote, with 665 were have been overwhelmed! With such a fantastic response to the ‘turtle naming’ competition, the […]