Our Story

 

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. This enabled the implementation of marine protected areas, sustainable coastal development and ecotourism for this globally significant ecosystem. It also provided the science on the impacts of fisheries and climate change on coral reefs, leading to the world heritage listing of Ningaloo Reef. More recently, Oceanwise contributes internationally recognised scientific expertise drawn from work on major Australian government research and conservation programs, environmental monitoring and management programs for major resources companies, and developing science-based solutions for non-profit organisations. We have grown to provide expertise to projects in Australia and increasingly internationally in Indonesia, Oceania, Central America and the Middle East.

 
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.

 

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.