Australian Marine Science Conference Eventranet 2017

Concurrent Session 1: S9: Integrating science to support management in the Kimberley


Chair: Stuart Field and Kelly Waples
The Kimberley, considered one of the last great wilderness areas, is subject to a slow increase in human pressures in the form of industry development and tourism. The Kimberley marine coastal system represents a complex and dynamic environment characterised by an extreme tidal range, ria coastline, turbid waters and fringing coral reef systems that support a high level of biodiversity including iconic marine fauna such as dugongs, turtles and whales. Aboriginal people have inhabited the Kimberley coastal region for countless generations and possess a strong attachment to country. Their responsibility for the sustainable management of Kimberley coastal country spans millennia and continues in the present day through their healthy country plans. In 2011 the Western Australian government announced the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy which includes the creation of a network of marine protected areas to conserve these valuable marine resources in collaboration with Traditional Owners. Building a regional understanding of the Kimberley waters and associated habitats and wildlife is critical to the long term conservation management of this unique marine environment. This symposium will present a range of research across themes and disciplines to provide an integrated picture of the physical, biological and social world of the Kimberley marine environment that can be used to support sustainable joint management of the region.

  • Session Details
  • LocationPlayhouse Theatre, Darwin Entertainment Centre
  • Session TimeWednesday 5th July 1:30pm to 3:15pm


  • Presentations In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
1:30pm to 1:50pm Calcification of reef-forming species in the Kimberley under variable pH regimes, today and in a future high CO2 ocean Christopher Cornwall S9: Integrating science to support management in the Kimberley
1:50pm to 2:10pm Modelling the spatial distribution of humpback whales in the Kimberley region of Western Australia Michele Thums S9: Integrating science to support management in the Kimberley
2:10pm to 2:30pm Characterising fish herbivory on tropical seagrasses: relating environmental variables to feeding rates Ruby Garthwin S9: Integrating science to support management in the Kimberley
2:30pm to 2:50pm Broadening and deepening the connections - Bi-cultural marine monitoring partnerships David Deeley S9: Integrating science to support management in the Kimberley
2:50pm to 3:10pm Is the Kimberley coast still a pristine wilderness? Lynnath Beckley S9: Integrating science to support management in the Kimberley