In 2009 Cygnet Bay Pearls initiated a collaboration with the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) to foster the development of independent research ventures throughout Kimberley waters. Through this affiliation, we constructed the framework required to effectively host research teams on-site at our remote pearl farm base. As a result, in 2010 KMRS was successfully established and opened to the science community, creating a cost-effective, user-friendly marine research facility for independent marine scientists to access and work in the Kimberley.
WAMSI is Western Australia’s first major research facility dedicated to furthering the understanding of the State’s marine and coastal environments and resources. Bringing together some of Australia’s best scientific minds, project teams and resources to work on the big strategic scientific issues of the day, WAMSI represents a collaboration of State, Federal, industry and academic organisations working together to provide independent marine research. WAMSI’s strategic objective is to strengthen the coordination and capacity of marine research in Western Australia and to enhance the transfer of research outputs into outcomes that deliver economic, environmental and social benefit to Western Australia.
With the capacity to develop research programs that increase the scientific understanding of broad geographic regions, the Kimberley region is currently a WAMSI priority focus area for raising the profile of marine science research work and to establish a public-good regional marine science program for the Kimberley region.
In November, 2011, the WAMSI Board officially endorsed KMRS as an Industry Associate Member of WAMSI.
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