Darwin Harbour Integrated Marine Monitoring and Research Program

The program is a 40-year voluntary environmental offset program funded by INPEX-operated Ichthys LNG.

It's between the Northern Territory Government (NTG) and INPEX Operations Australia Pty Ltd, on behalf of Ichthys Joint Venture Partners.

It aims to enhance research and monitoring activities undertaken in the harbour, and has 4 themes:

  • habitats
  • benthic sediments
  • water quality
  • anthropogenic pressures.

The IMMRP applies long-term monitoring underpinned by a suite of pilot studies.

Choose a topic from below and read the program reports.

Seafloor sediments are monitored across Darwin Harbour.

Checks are done to see if pollutant concentrations are higher than they should be due to widespread human activities.

They monitor to see if any changes are occurring in concentrations of the following:

  • metals and metalloids
  • hydrocarbons
  • other constituents.

This program shouldn’t be confused with compliance monitoring programs. These programs are done to ensure that a regulated body conforms to:

  • environmental laws
  • regulations
  • standards.

Read more about compliance and regulation on the NTEPA website.


How information is shared

Information from the program is shared with the Darwin Harbour Integrated Monitoring Research Coordination Committee.

They are responsible for coordinating the integration and sharing of information across various monitoring and research activities done in Darwin Harbour.

Committee members include:

  • INPEX Pty Ltd
  • Santos
  • Power and Water Corporation
  • Darwin Port Operations
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Australian Government Department of Defence
  • City of Darwin
  • NT Fisheries
  • Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security.

For more information

Call the Aquatic Group on 08 8999 3629.

Last updated: 26 September 2022

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