2 October 2012 - The Great Barrier Reef has lost half of its coral in the last 27 years

The Great Barrier Reef has lost half its coral cover in the last 27 years. The loss was due to storm damage (48%), crown of thorns starfish (42%), and bleaching (10%) according to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today by researchers from the Australian...

12 September 2012 Surveying an Australian marine frontier

A unique voyage of discovery into open waters off northern Australia starts today, when an Australian Government research vessel with 11 marine scientists aboard leaves Broome.

13 July 2012 Changes in water quality

Water quality on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is critically important for a healthy ecosystem. When water quality deteriorates on the GBR we see deterioration of important habitats including coral reefs and seagrass beds, which are home to many species of reef fish, crustaceans and marine mammals.

12 July 2012 A growing threat

Coral bleaching is a serious threat to coral reefs across the globe. Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science have used coral cores to track and better understand the responses of corals to documented bleaching events on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR).

29 June 2012 Spotlight shines on the crown-of-thorns

Scientists from around the world will gather next week with reef managers to consider whether crown-of-thorns starfish (COTS) are a risk to the long-term sustainability of the Great Barrier Reef.

In Brief

AIMS celebrated its 40th Birthday on 23rd October 2012