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- 15 December 2016Environment Australia is tasked with managing the networks of Commonwealth Marine Reserves. This is particularly challenging in the remote and poorly known N and NW regions. Researchers from Australia's NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub's D1 project highlight five key environmental variables that may help predict biodiversity patterns across these regions.
- 6 December 2016
Understanding the management and governance of Australia’s vast coastline can be complex. International, Commonwealth, State and Indigenous entities all have various roles and powers to promote the health and integrity of Australia’s marine environments.
- 7 November 2016In partnership with the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife, Western Australian Marine Science Institution scientists on the Australian Institute of Marine Science vessel RV Solander recently spent 15 days in the field collecting data to help determine what flatback sea turtles in north-western Australia eat.
- 13 October 2016
- 16 September 2016See what's happening during biodiversity month in Australia's unique north west marine region.
- 22 July 2016Bardi-Jawi Marine Rangers partner with marine scientists to research fish and coral recruitment processes in the Kimberley.
- 16 June 2016To-date, little attention has been paid to the social values associated with marine parks. However, understanding peoples’ needs and values is essential for effective marine park planning and management.
- 7 March 2016Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, CSIRO and the WA Museum continue their exploration of the tropical waters of north-west Australia’s remote Kimberley region.
- 27 January 2016The ocean's colour is a reflection of its composition. Researchers, currently at sea, are measuring Kimberley seawater to see how accurately remote measurements (e.g. satellite imagery) reflect ocean composition.
- 4 December 2015In a remote marine environment, dominated by gushing tides and swirling waters, diverse and unique marine communities have remained hidden until now…
- 3 November 2015Coral reefs in north west Australia provide the perfect opportunity to study the effects of warming events in a region not heavily impacted by humans.
- 3 August 2015Marine scientists are supercharging marine research using remote sensing technologies and increased computing power to reveal secrets from one of the most remote and pristine marine regions in Australia.
- 28 July 2015Dr Radford explains how he uses sound to explore and map deeper 'hidden' coral reefs of the Timor Sea. It is only recently that these reefs have started to be documented. Many remain undiscovered.
- 5 May 2015Research into Australia's north west oceanic shoals have found them to support exceptional species diversity with fish richness greater than that found on similar submerged reefs on the Great Barrier Reef.
- 23 March 2015This article shows a range of BRUVS footage taken on the North West Shelf of Australia, including Barracuda Shoal, Eugene McDermott, Shoal 25, Vulcan Shoal and Wave Governor Bank Shoal.
Researchers present this interactive map-based summary of the current state of knowledge about the Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve.
Dusky whaler sharks are widely distributed throughout the world's tropical and warm temperate waters. Use the interactive map to explore the home range of these sharks.
The interactive map shows areas within and around the Oceanic Shoals CMR covered by petroleum titles and where these have been 'released' for exploration or extraction.