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17 September: Expressions of Interest Invited for the AIMS National Sea Simulator

11 September: Sharks More Abundant on Healthy Coral Reefs

A new study has revealed sharks in no-fishing zones in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Marine Park are more abundant when the coral is healthy. Read More

10 September: Postdoctoral Award for Former AIMS@JCU Student, Jean-Baptiste Raina

Microbial ecologist and former AIMS@JCU student Jean-Baptiste Raina was awarded the Tom Brock postdoctoral award... Read More

5 September: A Lifeline of Resilience for Coral Reefs

An AIMS-led international study shows how a holistic approach to reef management could boost coral reef resilience under environmental change. Read More

8 August: Young Marine Scientists Showcase Their Work in Townsville

Townsville is preparing to be dazzled by twenty young marine scientists who are each presenting their research today. Read More

SeaSim technician awarded QTA North Queensland ‘Apprentice of the Year’

AIMS’ Steven Green was awarded the ‘Harry Hauenschild Apprentice of the Year’ at the 2014 North Queensland Regional Final of the Queensland Training Awards. Read More

25 July: Healthy Rivers Help Create Healthy Reefs

Researchers from AIMS and the CSIRO have shown that coral reefs will benefit from improved river and catchment management. Read more

17 July: New study links dredging to diseased corals

In a world-first study published today, researchers say dredging activity near coral reefs can increase the frequency of diseases affecting corals. Read more



Ghost nets and Sea Turtles - Threatened Species Day

September is Biodiversity Month in Australia, with Threatenend Species Day falling on September 7. In recognition of this annual Department of Environment initiative, we will be highlighting AIMS biodiversity projects, including this story on the impact of ghost nets on Australia's northern sea turtle population. Read more.

Monitoring Cyclones and Flooding 

AIMS researchers continue to monitor and evaluate the effects of cyclones on coral reefs in Australia

Ocean acidification: The science of Papua New Guinea's carbon dioxide seeps 

AIMS researchers are currently studying the shallow volcanic CO2 seeps in eastern Papua New Guinea in Milne Bay Province to observe how ocean acidification is affecting the oceans. 
"These experiments and field trips are essential to study at first-hand what is occurring in nature when more and more CO2 from the atmosphere mixes with water," said AIMS research scientist, Dr Katharina Fabricius.
When CO2 from the atmosphere dissolves in water, it causes ocean acidification, slightly lowering the pH of the water and changing its carbonate chemistry. This in turn makes it harder for a range of marine animals to form their shells and skeletons. Read more.

Better water quality information for the Great Barrier Reef

The Marine Quality Dashboard, a free-access online tool that gathers and visualises information on water quality on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is now available.  
The Dashboard delivers accessible, accurate historic and up-to-date information (such as sea surface temperatures, chlorophyll levels, sediments and light) useful for decision makers in managing impacts on the GBR from rainfall, flooding and coral bleaching events. Data from the Dashboard can be displayed in different formats or downloaded from the web for further analysis and interpretation.
Part of the eReefs project, the Dashboard was developed through collaboration between the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, Great Barrier Reef Foundation and the Queensland Government