REMOVAL OF FISH BY RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FISHERIES, UNREGULATEED TOURISM AND PLASTIC POLLUTION, HAVE CHANGED THE QUALITY AND THE AVAILABILTY OF FOOD SOURCES FOR MARINE PREDATORS THROUGHOUT OUR OCEANS.  JOIN US IN THE CLEAR WATERS OF NINGALOO REEF TO EXAMINE HOW THIS REEF’S FOOD WEB IS CHANGING UNDER THESE RISING PRESSURES.

On this expedition, participants will be snorkelling and working on small boats to identify locations that where mantas (and other large predators) feed and get cleaned, and collect samples (e.g. plankton tows) on food sources to determine how the local resources are changing. This information will help us protect this UNESCO World Heritage site and determine if current Marine Protected Areas around Australia are effectively protecting the reef’s biodiversity. Ningaloo is rich in corals an abundance of over 570 fish species, 250 coral species and 600 mollusc species along with many marine invertebrates; and is most famous for the large whale sharks which aggregate near the reef each year between March and August, the year-round resident manta rays that called Ningaloo home, and the spectacular sight of thousands of humpback whales that swim by during their annual migration between August and October.

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Location

Coral Bay, Western Australia

Cost

$2850, includes accommodation, meals, transfers, insurance and research activities

Duration

7 days

Dates

13-19 October 2019

8-14 March 2020

1-7 November 2020

Activity Level

Strenuous

Lead Scientist

Frazer McGregor, Murdoch University