Our Live Ningaloo team loves our ocean environment and want to protect it for future generations to enjoy. It’s our pleasure and duty to contribute locally and globally in efforts to conserve and protect the beautiful environment and wildlife of Western Australia. We’re privileged to have been awarded a licence to conduct oceanic tours on the Ningaloo Reef, and take our responsibility to protect the marine environment seriously.
The Live Ningaloo Eco Warriors
On Ningaloo Reef and in the nearby Cape Range National Park, we’re surrounded by a pristine natural environment, prolific marine life and an amazing diversity of fauna and flora. We strive to help conserve our region’s natural environment through education and environmentally sound tourism operations. We proudly call ourselves ‘Eco Warriors’ and strive to protect our surroundings through all of our actions.
Because even the small actions we take every day impact our environment, we make a conscious choice to reduce, reuse and recycle whenever possible. We strive to purchase ‘green’ products and buy in bulk, reducing packaging. We also use chemical cleaning alternatives such as water and vinegar solution. We choose to support other businesses that share our mission of conservation including We Are Feel Good and Naturally Sustainable.
Economic and Social Sustainability
We source our products and employ our staff locally wherever possible, to give back to our local community and reduce greenhouse gas emissions created when transporting goods. Our onboard catering features predominately locally or regionally sourced ingredients including gourmet salads and treats, prepared fresh for you onboard.
Coral Reef and Climate Change
Coral reef is the building block of life. It’s been dubbed, ‘The rainforest of the sea.’ Coral reefs all around the globe are facing the threat of bleaching events caused by rising water temperatures (climate change). The Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef in Australia and recent studies have shown it’s thriving and we want to keep it that way.
Whilst on tour with us you will learn about the reef, why it matters, what we can do to keep it healthy. Resources we encourage you to check out are listed below (credit: Exposure Labs and Chasing Coral)
- NOAA Coral Comeback. Great educational materials on coral.
- HHMI Interactive science education materials: A resource for a host of free science education resources from coral bleaching activities to biodiversity in the age of humans.
- Smithsonian Ocean Portal. An interactive and educational web platform about corals, coral reefs, symbiosis with educational tools and resources for educators.
- Coral Seed Banks. Science Friday podcast: Marine biologist Mary Hagedorn aims to bank as many corals as possible for future restoration and research.
- National Marine Sanctuaries. Take a virtual dive.
- Coral City. Watch this mesmerizing video about corals in Miami by Coral Morphologic.
- Reviving the Ocean Economy: The Case for Action, WWF. This definitive report by the World Wildlife Fund examines the economic value of the world’s oceans putting the value of $24 Trillion on ocean assets and function.
- 50 Reefs. Continue on Richard’s journey. A new initiative dedicated to the protection of coral reefs through conservation and investment with an eye toward repopulation of coral reefs over time.
- TNC Reef Resilience. The Reef Resilience Toolkit provides the latest information, guidance, and resources to help managers address the impacts of climate change and local threats to coral reefs.
To minimise the use of non-renewable energy and increase renewable energy use Live Ningaloo has put in place a list of procedures and protocols that include:
- Minimising the use of hydro-carbon based fuel. Throughout the trip Wave Rider drives slowly and is kept at ‘low revs’ reducing in fuel consumption
- Servicing and maintenance work is carried out regularly and service and maintenance reports are kept on board
- Natural light is used where possible both on land and at sea and air conditioning is only used when essential
- Staff are encouraged to walk or ride to work, with storage provided for bicycles. We provide group transport in one vehicle for all crew to the boat launching facility. Guests are also encouraged to use our complimentary transfers
- Aiming to only purchase energy efficient appliances for both the office and the vessel if the need arises and run all electronics from the inverter rather than generator. All electronic equipment is shutdown when not in use
- Renewable energy initiatives are continually investigated and implemented where possible
Education is central to our activities. We’re not just about delivering tourist experiences. We’re motivated to help our guests experience the raw beauty of Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park so they can understand the importance of our coexistence with nature in this fragile eco system. Each Live Ningaloo guided small group tour is led by a passionate crew, including a marine biologist, to help us deliver our message.
Our new live aboard Scientific Expeditions will be introduced in 2018 to offer a more meaningful touring experience that creates an impact. The excursions feature a six-night itinerary with different topics and will be offered as a pilot program in May and August 2018.
We understand that for our message of conservation to spread, we need to reach more people. We are working with the film makers of Chasing Coral to host an educational movie screening and plan to expand this program in the future.
We closely adhere to all Department of Parks and Wildlife licencing rules including proximity to Whale Sharks and Humpback Whales. Field work, contributing to vital scientific research programs, is conducted on each cruise.
Live Ningaloo are members of the Cape Conservation Group and contributed to the Ningaloo Turtle Program in 2016 – 2017 season. In 2108, we will be working with Aboriginal Biodiversity Conservation to publish some more Aboriginal information and work with them in their fundraising events.