North West Shoals to Shore Research Program Symposium - February, 2019

Symposium details
Date: Tuesday, 19th February 2019
Place: Auditorium, Ground Floor, Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre, Fairway, Crawley, WA
Time: 0900 - 1615

The North West Shoals to Shore Research Program (NWSSRP) is a three year, $20 million study of the North West Shelf. The project is comprised of 11 separate studies within four main themes and is bringing together a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, technical staff and industry experts.

This symposium in February 2019 marked the halfway point of the NWSSRP and provided an update on progress of work to invited guests. The presentations focussed on:

  • highlights
  • milestones and fieldwork completed
  • progress on activity
  • planned activity

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0900 – 0905


Peter Farrell, Michaela Dommisse (AIMS)

0905 – 0915

Introduction to the NWSS Research Program

Paul Hardisty, AIMS CEO, Michaela Dommisse (AIMS)

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0915 – 0925

Santos Introduction

Brett Darley, Executive Vice President, Offshore Australia (Santos Limited)

THEME 1 – Marine noise monitoring and impacts: Studies of the acute and chronic effects of seismic and vessel operations on fish and pearl oysters under real-world conditions

0930 – 0950

The development of experimental plans and site selection for a large-scale experiment to investigate the effect of marine seismic operations on demersal fish and pearl oysters

Mark Meekan (AIMS)

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0950 – 1015

Experiment implementation and project execution

Mark Meekan, Miles Parsons (AIMS)

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1015 – 1030

Morning Tea

1030 – 1045 Sound and particle motion effects of marine seismic source at the pearl oyster and fish experiment locations – description of passive acoustic measurements before and during seismic source exposure

Rob McCauley (Curtin University), Miles Parsons (AIMS)

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1045 – 1105

Monitoring of demersal and pelagic fishes exposed to marine seismic survey source – BRUVS and acoustic tagging and active acoustics

Conrad Speed, Miles Parsons (AIMS)

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1105 - 1130

Monitoring of pearl oysters exposed to marine seismic survey source – Immunology, biochemistry, physiology and genetics

Cecile Dang (DPIRD), Mark Meekan (AIMS)

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1130 – 1200

Theme 1 Question & Answer Session

1200 – 1230 Lunch
THEME 2 - Seabed habitats and biodiversity

1230 – 1245

Characterising the physical attributes and biodiversity of the ancient coastline at 125m depth contour Key Ecological Feature (KEF)

Karen Miller (AIMS)

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1245 – 1300

Mapping the distribution of pearl oyster habitat offshore from Eighty Mile Beach and examining the role of deep populations as brood stock for shallow water fished populations

Karen Miller (AIMS)

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1300 – 1315

Theme 2 Question & Answer Session

THEME 3 – Protected and iconic species movements and threats

1315 – 1330

Understanding the distribution and biologically important areas for pygmy blue whales on the North-West Shelf and overlap with potential threats

Michele Thums (AIMS)

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1330 – 1350

Improving the ability to predict potential threats to hawksbill and green turtles by quantifying their movement, distribution and overlap with potential threats

Luciana Cerqueira Ferreira (AIMS)

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1350 – 1400

Theme 3 Question & Answer Session

THEME 4 – Spatial dynamics of isolated coral reef atolls

1400 – 1430

Coral reef communities at the Rowley Shoals, past present and in the future

James Gilmour, Ben Radford, Mathew Wyatt (AIMS)

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1430 - 1500

Applying new remote sensing to enhance monitoring and scalability

James Gilmour, Ben Radford, Mathew Wyatt (AIMS)

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1500 - 1520

Theme 4 Question & Answer Session

1520 - 1530

Thank you and Close

Michaela Dommisse (AIMS)

1530 - 1615

Light refreshment