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Kimberley Marine Research Station
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Trip Dates: 4 - 7 July 2012
||Wed 4 July
||Sat 7 July
Note: ICRS 2012 is Monday 9 July to Friday 13 July 2012 in Cairns
Established in 2009, the Kimberley Marine Research Station (KMRS) is the first and only fully-operational
marine research facility in the remote Kimberly region of Western Australia. Perched on the tip of the
Kimberley’s iconic Dampier Peninsula, KMRS is located at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, the oldest family-owned
Australian pearl farm and one of the nation’s longest running aquaculture ventures.
The Kimberley region of Western Australia is considered one of the world’s greatest natural and cultural
treasures and falls within the last 3.7% of global oceans least affected by human impacts; making it the
planet’s last great tropical marine wilderness. It is a vast, remote, pristine region including intricate contours
covering 13,500km of dynamic and complex coastline and 2,633 near-shore islands. It is one of the least
studied tropical marine environments on the planet yet preliminary research to date has revealed between
250 and 280 species of hard corals and 140 species of sponge in Kimberley waters; making it the most diverse
coral area in Western Australia. With 11 metre tides, this is the largest tidal amplitude experienced by any
coral reef systems on Earth.
KMRS is 210km by road north of the township of Broome. Delegates will be picked up from Broome
International Airport and transported to KMRS by 4WD.
KMRS is owned and operated by Cygnet Bay Pearls as a means to encourage and support truly independent
marine research in the Kimberley region. KMRS would like to stress that this trip is more of a tropical marine
wilderness experience rather than a diving expedition.
Number of Participants
Cost to Participate
Full payment to be taken at time of booking.
- Transport to and from Broome (does not include travel between Cairns and Broome in the north of Western Australia)
- Shared accommodation in safari-style eco tents at KMRS
- All meals and refreshments
- All scheduled tours, presentations, visits and snorkelling
Charter flight option on Day 3.
Climate and Water Temperature
July is in the middle of the dry season in the Kimberley with warm days and low/no rainfall. Air temperatures
range between 11°C on a cool night and up to 30°C during the day (52-86°F). Average water temperature is between 23-26°C (73-79°F). Seasonal south-easterly winds prevail during this time of year.
People who want to collect specimens or systematically record data should book independent visits directly
with KMRS as these activities are not scheduled into the ICRS 2012 Field Trip Program.
Field Trip Organiser's Contact Details
Telephone +61 (0)8 9192 4999
Book directly with Ali McCarthy to reserve your place on this field trip.
|Day 1 - 4 July 2012
Depart Broome for Cygnet Bay in CBP 4WD’s
Arrive Cygnet Bay for a welcome and tour of facilities followed by lunch
Cygnet Bay pearl farm and Kimberley biodiversity tour
Boat tour through coral and mangrove areas within Cygnet Bay
Early BBQ dinner with presentation and research showcase: KMRS 2009-2012 and guest speaker
|Day 2 - 5 July 2012
||Vessel tour of coral fringed islands off the Sunday Island group to One Arm Pt
||Bardi-Jawi Rangers marine research and cultural presentation *TBC
Visit and tour of Ardyaloon Tropical Aquaculture Hatchery focusing on coral reef species
Drive to Cape Leveque and lunch on arrival
Exploring Cape Leveque including glass bottom boat viewing of reef areas - or - charter flight to Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago viewing Kimberley coral reef systems from the air en-route *(Cost not included, highly recommended by KMRS)
Early alfresco sunset dinner at Kooljaman, Cape Leveque
Day 3 - 6 July 2012
Reef-walk / snorkel to explore fringing coral reefs at Cygnet Bay on low tide
Visit to the seeding shed to experience pearl harvest on Australia’s oldest pearl farm Lunch at Cygnet Bay
|Afternoon & evening
||Early evening sunset sail and Australian snubfin dolphin spotting, includes BBQ dinner with pearl meat tasting
Day 4 - 7 July 2012
||Breakfast at KMRS then depart for Broome in CBP 4WDs