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.
Annual tagging field trip to Ningaloo Since 2015 the Ningaloo Outlook team led by Mat Vanderklift has been tagging green turtles at Ningaloo Reef. The team have used both satellite tags and acoustic tags and also take important measurements (e.g. weight, sex, length) and samples from the animals (e.g. blood to trace isotopes that can […]
Understanding deep marine habitats…. what’s there and how do we do it? The dramatic improvement of underwater camera and acoustic systems is recent times has changed the way we investigate and visualise habitats that were once inaccessible. Such technologies are being employed by the Ningaloo Outlook team to map deeper areas of Ningaloo. Teaching the […]
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 […]
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)