Today, General Manager James Brown represents the third generation of Brown's at Cygnet Bay. Kimberley born and bred, James is passionate about exploring and understanding the marine environment and has a Science degree majoring in marine biology from James Cook University, Townsville. Together with wife Sarah, James continues the family legacy and is raising the next generation of Brown's, Dean and Shae, at Cygnet Bay.
While previously Cygnet Bay Pearls employed a full-time resident Research Officer who facilitated KMRS work and aided visiting researchers with planning, field logistics and promotion work, currently a dedicated team of interns aided by Cygnet Bay Pearls Pearling Manager Gary Firman, are undertaking this role.
Our current interns inlcude Pippa Adamson and Careena Crossman. Pippa is a local Western Australian hailing from Bunbury, who completed her Coastal and Marine Science Honours degree in July 2016. This is her first time in the Kimberley and is very excited about having new experiences and gaining new skills through the KMRS internship program. Careena is also a local Western Australian who has recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Management. Her other qualifications include a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science and a Bachelor of Antarctic Studies with Honours. She is looking forward to diversifying her skill set through the KMRS internship and working in such a unique environment.
Our tourism team is here to ensure that your stay at KMRS is as enjoyable and smooth as possible, coordinating accommodation, catering and other logistics involved with a comfortable stay in the Kimberley. The crew are well-equipped to show you how best to make the most of your stay at Cygnet Bay.
Through our experienced pearling crew we have vessels and qualified skippers available (upon prior arrangement) to assist in meeting the operational requirements involved with conducting marine research throughout the region.
Our mission is to encourage, support and communicate truly independent marine research, exploration and discovery throughout the coastal and marine environments of the Kimberley region as efficiently, effectively and safely as possible.
Our role is to facilitate opportunities for all levels of marine science in the region including exploration of opportunities for the benefit of the Kimberley community. By encouraging an enhanced marine research effort into and throughout the region we are working towards bridging relevant knowledge gaps and generating reputable scientific information, all of which is available to and shared with the wider community.
Our aim is to support and encourage broad-scale independent marine research throughout Western Australia's remarkable Kimberley coastal and marine environments. Through providing the services required to facilitate research of this nature in the form of an operational marine science hub, we intend to increase awareness and understanding of the region's unique marine ecosystems and oceanic processes. As such, we are constantly developing our capacity to support and instigate an increase in community education and participation in marine science. Communication and community awareness are key facets of the venture and we welcome any ideas from teams keen to contribute to this. The KMRS facilities and services for use as a reference site and staging post for long-term marine research, monitoring and management initiatives throughout the region have been long since recognised with the intent to continue in future.
Our 4 research priorities at present include:
1. Establishing biodiversity & ecological baselines
2. Establishing long-term oceanographic monitoring
3. Assessing indicators for, and monitoring the effects of, climate change on the Kimberley’s marine environments
4. Identification and exploration of commercial opportunities to benefit the Kimberley community whilst ensuring environmental sustainability
With our proven capabilities in marine logistics and support available to marine research organisations, Universities, research institutions, Government departments and community groups alike, our service provision role through land and sea-based support include but are not limited to:
1. Deployment of equipment (data loggers, marker buoys, moorings etc)
2. Checking and regular long-term monitoring of deployed equipment
3. Ground-truthing and sampling programs
4. Support to survey and patrol vessels and teams