Oceanic Shoals Marine Park

– Field expedition –

A 21-day survey aboard the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) Vessel RV Solander was undertaken within the proposed Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve (Timor Sea) between the 12th of September and the 6th of October 2012.

The voyage, initiated by the National Environmental Research Program Marine (NERP) Biodiversity Hub to guide the Australian Government’s marine bioregional plans, yielded valuable insights into the distribution, abundance and richness of pelagic marine species in the remote offshore waters of northwestern Australia.

The information gathered in this survey is being used to fill gaps in biodiversity knowledge and patterns of community assembly, associated physical drivers of marine biodiversity and provide a regional context to these patterns and processes.


Copyright: Centre for Marine Futures, University of WA 2013.

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