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
Short list of turtle names announced… cast your vote!
With such a fantastic response to the ‘turtle naming’ competition, the Ningaloo Outlook team had a tough job of selecting the top 10 for voting. But here they are (the name and why)! You can select up to three favourites, so get clicking…. The winning names will be announced on the 18th January 2017. The […]
Training our best and brightest…
Mesophotic reefs are a relatively understudied ecosystem and generally occur from ~30 metres (water depth) to the bottom of the photic (light) zone. Such reefs have been shown to harbor high biodiversity. Deeper water areas make up a large part of the Ningaloo Marine Park but remain poorly understood. Ningaloo Outlook’s deep reefs PhD Scholar Joe […]
I don’t need a home… but I’d like a name…
The Ningaloo Outlook research team will be out at Ningaloo reef in the new year to tag nesting female turtles. Its hoped that the tagging of these large females will help to gather more information on where they travel to and areas of importance. You will be able to track these animals at seaturtle.org As […]