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The Australian Institute of Marine Science is the leading national organisation researching tropical marine ecosystems through themes of discovery, process understanding, conservation, and sustainable use of living resources. The Institute has 220 staff operating from bases in Townsville, Perth and Darwin, which provides access to the Great Barrier Reef, Coral Sea, Torres Strait, Ningaloo Reef and Kimberley coast, Timor and Arafura Seas. AIMS has world-class laboratory facilities, two modern research vessels and extensive technical support. AIMS is responsible for much of the infrastructure of Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System deployed in the tropics. Facilities at AIMS sites in Darwin and Townsville are being enhanced with $55M of capital funds from the Australian Government. In Townsville, this will include a state-of-the-art experimental Ocean Simulator in an extensive seawater precinct to support innovative research into coral spawning, water quality and climate change. This infrastructure supports five multidisciplinary Research Teams that in 2009 published 145 peer-reviewed outputs covering:

  •  Biodiversity surveys and ecological/evolutionary processes;
  •  Long-term monitoring and sustainable resource use;
  •  Biogeochemical processes and ecosystem health;
  •  History and impacts of climate change; and
  •  Molecular and genetic mechanisms of marine symbioses

Arrangements for Outside Participation

The Institute's expertise in tropical marine ecosystems, combined with a multidisciplinary capability, makes possible the full spectrum of scientific investigation from the seafloor to the lab bench. AIMS works collaboratively with national and international organisations and researchers to improve understanding of complex marine ecosystems. The Institute carries out internationally renowned research in marine biodiversity, impacts and adaptation to climate change, water quality and ecosystem health, tropical aquaculture and the emerging area of marine microbiology. The Institute's research programs are formulated by AIMS' Management Group and endorsed by the AIMS' Council. The Institute collaborates with a range of user's which includes universities, private enterprise, government and government funded organisations and regularly receives advice and  is reviewed periodically as requested by Government.

Categories of Documents

The Institute maintains copies of administrative manuals, research publications and its Annual Reports.

FOI Procedures and Initial Contact Point

Facilities for consulting documents are provided at AIMS. General enquiries concerning access to documents, or other matters relating to FOI, should be directed to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Australian Institute of Marine Science
PMB No 3, Townsville MC, Qld 4810
Telephone: +61 7 4753 4444
Fax: +61 7 4772 5852

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