Distribution and predictors of benthic biodiversity, Western Australia (WAMSI2 Project 1.1.1)

Aim To provide a better understanding of the regional biodiversity found throughout the Kimberley, identify and characterise in finer detail the major habitat types in selected coastal areas such as Camden Sound Marine Park.

Methods 1. Plan a sampling regime based on representative sites in the Kimberley. 2. Sample seabed biodiversity during vessel based cruises that will use a combination of towed camera, sediment grabs and towed sled to collect and identify seabed plants and animals. 3. Sample nearshore areas at a finer scale using towed cameras, low tide reef walks and sediment grabs to identify seabed plants and animals. 4. Multibeam representative areas.

Outcomes A habitat map identifying the major seabed habitat types throughout the Kimberley and a better understanding and appreciation of the importance of marine biodiversity in the Kimberley (including number of species and identification of species new to science and/or new to the region). The following data types collected on this project include: Multibeam Towed Video and Digital Stills Taxonomic definations of samples collected CTD Where possible field data will be collated and combined into ESRI GIS shapefiles.

Principal Investigator
Heyward, Andrew J, Dr Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
Point Of Contact
Heyward, Andrew J, Dr Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) reception@aims.gov.au

Publications / Data
Data Usage Constraints
  • Attribution 3.0 Australia

Tags: Oceans - Bathymetry/Seafloor Topography | marine