Our Mission


To provide the research and knowledge of Australia’s tropical marine estate required to support growth in its use, effective environmental management and protection of its unique ecosystems.

Our vision is for:

  • A healthy and resilient Great Barrier Reef
  • Sustainable coastal ecosystems and industries across northern Australia
  • Environmentally sustainable offshore oil and gas development

Underpinned by:

  • Integrated observing systems and robust long-term monitoring of key components of Australia’s tropical coastal and marine ecosystems
  • Strategic and applied research into major gaps in our understanding of the impacts of natural and human pressures on these ecosystems
  • Effective environmental risk assessment and decision tools that drive efficiency gains in evidence-based regulatory regimes and marine industry development
  • Publicly available data and information bases.
  • International research collaborations enhancing Australia’s role in supporting regional blue economies

To fulfil this vision, AIMS follows a strategic plan designed to marshal its strengths and resources.