Welcome to the Ningaloo Research website
The Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef, extending across 300 kilometres of coastline. This spectacular area is a global biodiversity hotspot, a premier tourist destination, home to the three communities of Carnarvon, Exmouth and Coral Bay, and a key service point for oil and gas development and exploration. Conservation and management of the reef given these multiple uses depends on quality science and integrated decision making.
An intense, coordinated and collaborative program of research has been underway since 2006 and has produced an unprecedented wealth of knowledge about the iconic Ningaloo coastal region.
The shared focus of this research has been on improving our understanding of the reef and the natural processes that support it so that managers may make well informed decisions about the management of the Ningaloo Marine Park and the region.
The research will also contribute to improved understanding and management not only of Ningaloo, but of other coral reef systems in Australia and globally.
Research findings and highlights
The Ningaloo research has increased knowledge about Ningaloo and its biodiversity ten-fold, which will support decisions about the future of the region. Click here to learn more about the research findings and download information.
Further Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster Final Reports have been released:
Adaptive Futures for Ningaloo. More...
Ningaloo research is an initiative of CSIRO’s Ningaloo Collaboration Cluster, the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), working in partnership with government, local communities and enterprises.