Waypoint Winter 2015



Monitoring Darwin Harbour

Monitoring Darwin Harbour

Darwin Harbour

Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) are monitoring the northern seabed this month in a comprehensive survey of the outer Darwin Harbour.

“AIMS is collaborating with scientists from Geoscience Australia and the NT Government Department of Land Resource Management and are collecting high resolution echo sounder imagery, sediment and habitat data from the harbour and the sea floor. This data will help researchers better understand the biodiversity and ecology of the region,” said AIMS scientist, Mr David Williams.

The AIMS Research Vessel, Solander, is fitted with a multi beam echo sounder that will be used to collect data for the habitat mapping survey. Sediment samples will also be collected and analysed to help researchers create habitat maps. AIMS scientists will also describe the marine flora and fauna in the area.

The harbour is important to the local community, such as for fishing, tourism, and boating and the monitoring surveys will assist policy makers make informed decisions during a time when the region is undergoing significant port and coastal development.

The monitoring surveys are being supported by the Ichthys LNG Project. The data will be openly available next year.