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The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia’s tropical marine research agency.
The Institute is consistently ranked among the top one per cent of specialist research institutions internationally and is known for its unique capacity to investigate topics from broad-scale ecology to microbiology.
The Institute’s mission is to generate and transfer knowledge to support the sustainable protection of the marine environment through innovative, world-class scientific and technological research.
AIMS pursues strategic, integrated, marine science in the areas of high priority for Australia and regional stakeholders. Its research aims to:
• Understand tropical marine ecosystems and processes;
• Understand the response of tropical marine systems to global change; and
• Support sustainable development of tropical marine industries.
AIMS was established in 1972 near Townsville, in recognition of the importance of the Great Barrier Reef to Australia. Today AIMS also operates from bases in Perth ad Darwin to support our research across northern Australia, spanning two oceans and three regional seas.
The Institute maintains specialised, world-class marine research facilities in support of its objectives. Among these are its two major vessels, the RV Cape Ferguson and the RV Solander.
AIMS will also operate National Sea Simulator, a $35 million dollar state-of-the art experimental marine aquarium facility that will enable cutting-edge research on the cumulative impacts of environmental changes on tropical marine ecosystems.
Visit AIMS at: www.aims.gov.au
Murdoch University is a research intensive institution with considerable capacity in marine science. Our researchers cover a range of disciplines including marine and estuarine ecology, fisheries science, conservation biology, biological oceanography, remote sensing, marine tourism and socio-economics.
Murdoch University has a renowned Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research, as well as several smaller research groups which focus on particular aspects of marine science, for example, cetaceans, marine management and tourism.
Researchers from Murdoch University work collaboratively with many state, national and international agencies and universities. Most investigations are focussed on the coastal and estuarine waters of Western Australia and the wider Indian Ocean covering both temperate and tropical latitudes. Much of the research conducted by Murdoch University scientists is translated into advice and decision support for managers of the marine, coastal and estuarine environments of Australia..
Recent marine research by Murdoch scientists has included studies on fish and invertebrates in estuarine and coastal waters of Western Australia, high resolution mapping of benthic habitats at Ningaloo Reef, conservation biology and abundance estimation of dolphins, whales and dugongs, biological oceanography of the Kimberley and mapping of human use in Ningaloo Marine Park.
Underpinned by a strong academy, Murdoch University offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate coursework degrees including majors in Marine Science, Environmental Science and Conservation Biology, as well as MPhil and PhD degrees by research..
Visit Murdoch at: www.murdoch.edu.au
Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) WA
The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) has the lead responsibility for protecting and conserving the State’s environment on behalf of the people of Western Australia.
This includes managing the State’s precious national parks, marine parks, conservation parks, State forests and timber reserves, nature reserves, marine nature reserves and marine management areas.
The department manages more than 1.2 million hectares of marine parks and 132,000 hectares of marine nature reserves for conservation and recreation, with areas zoned for commercial fishing on a sustained yield basis. The Marine Science Program was established in 2006 and represents the department in its role as the lead agency for the WAMSI research program, which focuses on improving our scientific knowledge base to support marine conservation and management.
The department also develops recovery plans to protect threatened marine species and communities, and wildlife management programs to protect exploited marine wildlife.
Visit DPaW at: www.dpaw.wa.gov.au
Office of Science, Department of Premier and Cabinet (WA)
The Office of Science within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet provides strategic leadership to the Western Australian Government on matters related to science. Functions of the Office of Science include:
• building the State’s science capacity;
• providing leadership on science policy;
• allocation and management of funding;
• investment attraction;
• coordinating cross-government collaboration on science; and
• providing support for the Chief Scientist of Western Australia.
The Office of Science manages the State Government’s investment in the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI).
Visit DPC at: www.dpc.wa.gov.au
The University of Western Australia
Founded in 1911, The University of Western Australia is one of Australia’s finest.
As it strives for international excellence, it aspires to be among the world’s top 50 universities by 2050.
UWA is a dynamic, comprehensive University where research and higher degree programs underpin and inform undergraduate teaching.
It is one of Australia’s leading research universities – a member of the Group of Eight Research Universities – and has built an international reputation for excellence and enterprise.
Its undergraduate students are of the highest academic quality of any Australian university. As well as having access to one of the country’s best learning environments, its students are connected to the international world of knowledge through the University’s strategic global networks.
Its graduates are leaders in all fields of endeavour at home and abroad and the University aims to continue to play a vital role in scholarship and discovery of global significance.
Vistt UWA at: www.uwa.edu.au
Western Australian Museum
The Western Australian Museum is the State’s premier cultural organisation, housing WA’s scientific and cultural collection. Since opening in 1891 the Museum has made major contributions to the collection, conservation and research of the State’s natural and social history, maritime heritage and the cultural heritage of Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. The Museum presently houses more than four million objects in its collections.
The Western Australian Museum has eight public sites throughout the State including; Albany, Fremantle History, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Maritime, Perth, Shipwreck Galleries and Samson House.
Visit WAM at: www.museum.wa.gov.au
Curtin University, (formerly known as Curtin University of Technology) is a research intensive public university based in Perth, Western Australia. Named after the former Prime Minister of Australia John Curtin, it is also the largest University in Western Australia.
Vistt Curtin at: www.curtin.edu.au
ChemCentre is the leading analytical chemistry facility in Western Australia. It offers clients complete analytical solutions, utilising well-established expertise and state-of-the-art instrumentation to solve a range of complex and routine problems.
Established in the 1890s and recognised as a statutory authority in 2007, ChemCentre is highly experienced in providing the knowledge and solutions to support a diverse range of sectors and industries – locally, nationally and internationally.
Supporting the sustainable management of marine and industrial resources is a key focus for ChemCentre. Expert knowledge and structural methodologies for best practice are aligned to optimise and sustainably continue the development of communities throughout Australia.
ChemCentre is proud of its partnership with WAMSI and ongoing contribution to marine resource development, public health and ecosystem conservation.
Visit Chemcentre at : www.chemcentre.wa.gov.au
Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a large multi-campus institution serving communities in Western Australia and a significant cohort of international students. Awarded university status in 1991, ECU has since developed innovative and practical courses across a wide range of disciplines, established a vibrant research culture and attracted a growing range of quality research partners and researchers, many working at the cutting edge of their fields.
ECU has around 23,500 students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Approximately 4,000 of these are international onshore and offshore students originating from around 80 countries. ECU works closely with private and public sector organisations, locally and overseas, in designing its study programs. Research is undertaken in collaboration with industry, particularly the service industries and professions.
The University is a market leader in education for the service professions and prides itself on producing graduates who can hit the ground running in today’s globalised workplace.
Visit ECU at: www.ecu.edu.au
CSIRO’s Wealth from Oceans National Research Flagship
CSIRO is Australia's national science agency and one of the largest and most diverse research agencies in the world.
To address the importance of our oceans to Australia, and our place in the global ocean, CSIRO initiated the Wealth from Oceans Flagship as one of the original six National Research Flagships established in 2003 to tackle the biggest challenges facing Australia.
The Wealth from Oceans Flagship provides science and technology to support delivery of the full potential of economic, environmental and social wealth the nation can derive from understanding and using our oceans.
The Flagship concentrates on national challenges where oceans play a central role. It encompasses the work of more than 500 scientists, from climatologists, biodiversity experts, statisticians and oceanographers to socio-economists, fisheries scientists, petroleum engineers and software developers.
We collaborate with a range of research, government and industry organisations, including many university partners funded through the Flagship Collaboration Fund.
Our research focuses on:
• creating and exploiting knowledge of ocean variability and change
• delivering transformational technologies to new and existing ocean-based industries that contribute to Australia’s economy and lower emissions
• providing systems to measure and predict the state of our coasts nationally
• ensuring the conservation and sustainable use of Australia’s ocean ecosystems and living resources
• developing tools and methods to enable understanding, measurement, prediction and management of competing uses of Australia’s coastal and ocean environments.
Visit CSIRO at: www.csiro.au
Western Australia’s Department of Fisheries
The Department of Fisheries manages the State’s marine and freshwater fisheries and ecosystems for present and future generations.
Its management responsibilities extend beyond the State’s three nautical mile limit to the 200 nautical mile limit of the Australian Fishing Zone. To address the complex environmental, social and economic issues involved in the sustainable management of aquatic resources, the Department uses an Ecosystem–Based Fisheries Management (EBFM) approach. This includes managing human impacts on aquatic resources and indirect impacts of fishing and aquaculture on the broader ecosystem.
The Department undertakes world-leading research with its ongoing monitoring and assessment programs, providing advice to fisheries managers on the status of the State’s major fish stocks and components of the marine ecosystems underpinning these resources.
This takes place in a context of increasing aquatic management accountability to the Commonwealth Government and the WA community through reporting requirements and through international sustainability-certification agencies such as the Marine Stewardship Council. The Department also promotes active engagement with stakeholders through partnerships and consultation to develop science knowledge and management practices that meet world-class benchmarks.
Discover more at: www.fish.wa.gov.au
Western Australian Global Ocean Observing System
The Western Australian Global Ocean Observing System is a quality organisation operating under the UNESCO IOC principals whereby organisations support and encourage the development of ocean observing systems and operational oceanography for the benefit of all people, both nationally and internationally.
Ocean and environmental consultant Ray Steedman, Chairman of UNESCO/IOC and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Science and Engineering, is the WAGOOS contact in WA.
Environmental Protection Authority
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) was originally established in 1971. The Authority comprises five members appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the Minister for Environment. The EPA is independent, in that it is not subject to direction by the Minister, and its advice to Government is public.
Its operations are governed by the Environmental Protection Act 1986 which stipulates that the objective of the EPA is to: 'use its best endeavours –
a) to protect the environment; and
b) to prevent, control and abate pollution and environmental harm.'
The Act defines the environment as 'living things, their physical, biological and social surroundings, and interactions between all of these'.
Bureau of Meteorology
The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.
The Bureau contributes to national social, economic, cultural and environmental goals by providing observational, meteorological, hydrological and oceanographic services and by undertaking research into science and environment related issues in support of its operations and services.
Visit BOM at: www.bom.gov.au
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