Our Story

 

Led by Dr Ben Fitzpatrick, Oceanwise Australia is a specialised environmental sciences firm contributing research, management, conservation and monitoring of marine and coastal ecosystems. Oceanwise was first initiated in 1998 to promote awareness of the marine environment of the Ningaloo Reef. 20 years later we are still at it, using science to illuminate the region’s globally unique biodiversity. From these beginnings, we are increasingly contributing our expertise to assist non-profit organizations in developing science-based conservation solutions in Australia and internationally.

 
Australian Humpback Dolphin ( Sousa sahulensis ) using a marine sponge as a tool for foraging. Photo: Jason Dickie.

Australian Humpback Dolphin (Sousa sahulensis) using a marine sponge as a tool for foraging. Photo: Jason Dickie.

 

As part of a small team, we work alongside government, resource sectors, NGOs and academia - always with the environment in mind. The collaboration between these different bodies is essential for a sustainable future. We assist in a variety of ways, more details on how we can help can be found under services.

  • Government – Departments of natural resources, conservation, fisheries, agriculture, defence, tourism, sustainable development

  • Resource sectors – oil and gas, minerals, ports and harbours, agriculture and aquaculture

  • Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) – international aid, sustainable development and conservation programs

  • Academia – university, government-based and independent researchers

 
View from the Bay of Rest, looking out towards Exmouth Gulf in north Western Australia.

View from the Bay of Rest, looking out towards Exmouth Gulf in north Western Australia.