Since 1998, Woodside has partnered with the WA Museum to understand the biodiversity of northwest Australia in the Dampier Archipelago and the Kimberley regions. The Foundation for the WA Museum has become increasingly involved in the partnership since 2003 and has worked with the Museum and Woodside to explore project opportunities and develop and support the relationship.
The partnership has expanded to include more than 140 scientists from 25 countries, 19 Australian and international museums, 43 Australian and international universities, 17 State and Commonwealth government agencies, and 23 industry and private partners.
Researchers have surveyed 315 sites across 575,000 square kilometres of ocean off the Kimberley coastline, collected more than 55,000 marine animal and plant specimens, and discovered more than 700 species new to science.
The research has won 11 WA and national awards for excellence in science, environment, business and technology; and more than 50 million people worldwide have viewed the exhibitions, documentaries, publications, lectures, articles, live fieldwork feeds, websites and educational resources produced.
The knowledge gained is being used by managers, decision-makers and the community to contribute to biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, and will help guide the future of sustainable development, business and conservation policies and the assessment of natural heritage values.
Material collected during the project partnership is housed at the WA Museum, and available to scientists and researchers around the world. Work to examine and identify the specimens collected is continuing.
This video celebrates Woodside’s ground-breaking 20 year partnership with the WA Museum, and its 25 year partnership with the Australian Institute of Marine Science.
Image: Sea slug mollusc, Phyllidia coelestis (Scott Reef) is found in clear water on tropical Indo-Pacific reefs where it feeds on sponges. Clay Bryce, WA Museum.