SeaSim with solar panels

The world’s most advanced research aquarium facility receives a boost

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23 November 2020

The Australian Government is funding the expansion of the National Sea Simulator at the Australian Institute of Marine Science as part of the 2020 Research Infrastructure Investment Plan.

AIMS’ Chief Executive Officer Dr Paul Hardisty said he was delighted the Government has made such a significant investment in AIMS’ high-quality, objective, independent, and transparent research in this year's budget.

“AIMS is a leader in coral reef science and has been developing new ground-breaking approaches to increase the resilience of coral reefs against growing pressures including climate change,” Dr Hardisty said.

“The National Sea Simulator, also known as SeaSim, is the world’s most advanced research aquarium facility. This investment supports its expansion and operation as a merit-based National Facility, maintaining Australia’s global expertise in coral reef research and enabling AIMS to continue to provide unique, irreplaceable and world-leading science.”

The timing of the funding, $36.3 million over the next three years, will bring forward vital research including projects for the collaborative Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program.

(L to R) Mr George Christensen MP, Member for Dawson, The Hon Karen Andrews MP and Dr Paul Hardisty, AIMS CEO

Australia’s 'Blue Economy' is now worth over $80 billion per year and growing. The Great Barrier Reef alone provides over 66,000 permanent jobs and generates over $6 billion each year for our economy.

“The National Sea Simulator is critical national infrastructure and this investment will allow AIMS to continue to deliver positive environmental, social and economic impact for the nation,” he said.

The Hon Karen Andrews MP and Mr George Christensen MP, Member for Dawson visited the National Sea Simulator in Townsville today. 

Read the media release from The Hon Dan Tehan MP, The Hon Karen Andrews MP and Mr George Christensen.