About the Program
A comprehensive plan to respond to environmental pressures facing the Shark Bay World Heritage property is being led by WAMSI.
Scientist throughout WA and the world have been rallying to raise the alarm about the demise of the unique environment and popular tourist destination (800 kilometres north of Perth), which has been experiencing environmental changes more rapidly since a marine heatwave in 2011.
Famous for its abundant marine life including dolphins, dugongs, marine turtles and its rare, ancient stromatolites, the Shark Bay economy also relies on the success of its commercial fishing industry.
WAMSI is currently reviewing stakeholder views and science priorities that will determine the best approach for delivering a coordinated response now and into the future.
The stakeholder engagement, led by WAMSI Research Director Dr Jenny Shaw, takes in the views of represented individuals and groups from state and Commonwealth governments, research oganisations, fishers, tourism, conservation, Indigenous and other community stakeholders.