Australian Institute of Marine Science

The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is a leader in tropical marine science.

The Institute is consistently ranked among the top one per cent of specialist research institutions internationally and is known for its unique capacity to investigate topics from broad-scale ecology to microbiology.

AIMS is committed to the protection and sustainable use of Australia’s marine resources. Its research programs support the management of tropical marine environments around the world, with a primary focus on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the pristine Ningaloo Marine Park in Western Australia and northwest Australia.

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How the Great Barrier Reef can be helped to help repair the damaged reef. AIMS/Neal Cantin

The Great Barrier Reef can repair itself, with a little help from science

Corals on the Great Barrier Reef that are tolerant to warmer waters can be used to help repair other parts of the reef damaged by recent coral bleaching events.
Scientists assess coral deaths in the worst-affected part of the Reef in November 2016. Andreas Dietzel, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

How much coral has died in the Great Barrier Reef’s worst bleaching event?

Two-thirds of the corals in the northern part of the Great Barrier Reef have died on in the reef's worst-ever bleaching event, according to the latest underwater surveys.
Cartier Island marine reserve is part of a network that covers one-third of Australian waters. Australian Institute of Marine Science

Oil, gas and marine parks really can coexist in our oceans – here’s how

Marine parks need to cover large swathes of ocean, but they also need to cover the right areas if they are to deliver the best conservation. New research off Australia's northwest suggests how.
Professor Morgan Pratchett surveys bleached corals on Australia’s GBR. Cassy Thompson, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies

Coral Bleaching Taskforce: more than 1,000 km of the Great Barrier Reef has bleached

Bleaching has hit a huge swathe of the Great Barrier Reef, with many corals in the reef's remote northern reaches now expected to die as a result of warm waters linked to this summer's El Niño.
During an outbreak, crown-of-thorns starfish can number in the millions and decimate coral reefs. Australian Institute of Marine Science/AAP

How scaring starfish could help to save the Great Barrier Reef

Crown-of-thorns starfish are one of the biggest threats to the Great Barrier Reef. Since 1985, the Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover, with almost half of this coral loss due to the crown-of-thorns…
We need to play our cards right if Australia’s marine environments are to keep us afloat. Saspotato/Flickr

Marine science: challenges for a growing ‘blue economy’

In many ways, Australia is defined by the oceans surrounding us. We have the world's third largest ocean territory, most of our trade travels by sea, and we have vast offshore resources.
Without Grey Reef Sharks, reefs struggle to recover from disturbances. Peter Verhoog/Dutch Shark Society

Killing sharks is killing coral reefs too

The growing demand for shark fin as an ingredient in Chinese cuisine has caused an explosion in the number of shark fisheries in recent decades. But sharks are important members of ocean food chains, and…
What’s out there? We know next to nothing about the amazing chemistry and compounds produced in the deep sea. Tim Donnelly

Sea of miracles: industrial uses for ocean biodiversity

The seafloor is our planet’s most biodiverse realm. It is in the sea that life on earth began over 3.5 billion years ago. It is in the sea where 34 of the 36 known phyla of animals remain to this day…
Coral reefs face a major species extinction crisis. AAP

Freezing the Great Barrier Reef: an investment in our future

The Great Barrier Reef is worth billions to Australia’s economy and is one of the world’s most significant natural features. We have a responsibility to protect it, and our other reefs, from the warming…

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