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    14126: Volunteer scientific monitoring of Western Australian marine biodiversity

    Recreational SCUBA divers are trained to undertake detailed and rigorous marine assessments.
    Recreational SCUBA divers are trained to undertake detailed and rigorous marine assessments.

    This project has been developed with the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Rottnest Island Authority to protect and enhance the biodiversity of four marine parks of high ecological value and importance to the WA community. These are the Ningaloo, Marmion and Shoalwater Island marine parks and Rottnest Island Marine Sanctuary.

    The project aims to meet the monitoring, assessment and research requirements of management plans for each area by engaging a highly committed and experienced team of recreational SCUBA divers. These divers will receive training to enable them to undertake detailed and rigorous marine assessments according to set standards. Long-term monitoring at Rottnest and Ningaloo will assess fish and invertebrate recovery in sanctuary zones, and impacts of extreme oceanic events and outbreak of coral-eating snails.

    Investment: $ 29 980
    In-kind contribution: $ 107 340
    Delivery organisation: Reef Life Survey Foundation Incorporated
    Project duration: April 2015 - June 2016
    Location: Four marine parks are included in the project: Ningaloo Marine Park (NMP), Marmion Marine Park (MMP), Shoalwater Islands Marine Park (SMP) and Rottnest Island Marine Sanctuary Zones (RI)

    Project partners

    Rottnest Island Authority

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