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:
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.
Read the latest article at the ABC Pilbara on Rich Pillans and the team observing a rather frisky male whale shark… behaviours not often observed!
The CSIRO-BHP Research Partnership is pleased to announce the availability of our Progress Report for Year 4 (2018 Period). During 2018 the Research Team has embarked on numerous field trips to Ningaloo and have also been assessing how computers can do some of the data crunching to develop habitat maps for the deeper waters. To […]
Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival 2019 (Exmouth) The Ningaloo Outlook Team will be out in full force at the BHP Marque on the 25th May (Talanjee Oval). Don’t miss your chance to learn about the research the team are completing at Ningaloo …. plus the opportunity to build your very own Convict Surgeonfish (Acanthurus triostegus) to […]
Research documenting the extent and characteristics of deep water habitats and providing annual assessments of the status of ecological values for deep reef habitats at Ningaloo.
Photograph credit: Russ Babcock (CSIRO)
Research providing an annual assessment of the status of ecological values for reef slope and reef flat habitats in Northern Ningaloo.
Photograph credit: Damian Thomson (CSIRO)