The Marine Futures Project was designed to benchmark the current status of key Western Australian marine ecosystems, based
on an improved understanding of the relationship between marine habitats, biodiversity and our use of these values. Approximately
1,500 km2 of seafloor were mapped using hydroacoustics (Reson 8101 Multibeam), and expected benthic habitats "ground-truthed"
using towed video transects and baited remote underwater video systems. Both sources of information were then combined in
a spatial predictive modelling framework to produce fine-scale habitat maps showing the extent of substrate types, biotic
Surveys took place across 9 study areas, including Point Ann, a site which lies within the Fitzgerald Biosphere, a UNESCO
designated International Biosphere Reserve and one of the largest and biologically significant National Parks in Australia
(DEC) on West Australia’s south coast, approximately 180km east of Albany.