Greater protection needed for Ningaloo

Marine scientists say new research from the Ningaloo Reef highlights the need for greater protection of the marine park.

The Australian Institute of Marine Science, along with WA’s Department of Environment and Conservation is finalising five years of research into the fish and coral populations on the reef.

Martial Depczynski from AIMS says the research will be used by management agencies to develop a long-term monitoring program of the marine life in the park.

“It’s going to give us a good idea of where these fishes are actually concentrated, so we’ve got quite a number of sites, there’s 300 kilometres of coastline at Ningaloo and it’s important to identify which areas are important so they can be conserved properly.”