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.
The AIMS Long-term Monitoring Program (LTMP) is designed to detect changes in reef communities at a subregional scale. In this context, a subregion encompasses inshore, mid-shelf and outer shelf reefs across the continental shelf within one band of latitude (a sector).
Reef surveys involve three approaches:
1. broadscale manta tow surveys of crown-of-thorns starfish populations and reef-wide coral cover
2. Intensive photographic surveys of stationary seafloor (benthic) organisms on fixed transects