The Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) was established to facilitate the Western Australia’s integrated and coordinated approach to complex research issues to inform management and industry.
WAMSI is a partnership of four WA universities (UWA, Murdoch University, Edith Cowan University and Curtin University), a major resource company (Woodside Energy Ltd), two Commonwealth organisations (CSIRO and AIMS), four WA government departments (Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions; Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation; Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development; Department of Water and Environmental Regulation; the Western Australian Museum, the WA ChemCentre and a regional ocean observing network for the Indian Ocean (WA Global Ocean Observing System).
The University of Western Australia
The University of Western Australia (UWA) Oceans Institute is a multidisciplinary marine research organisation, established in 2010.
The research profile of the Oceans Institute brings together UWA's multidisciplinary research strengths in areas such as oceanography, ecology, engineering, resource management and governance to deliver Ocean Solutions Research that address key ocean challenges. The Oceans Institute is committed to engaging and working together with State and Federal government bodies, a range of industries, businesses and research institutions, and the community at local, national and international levels.
Visit the www.oceans.uwa.edu.au
Australian Institute of Marine Science
The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) is Australia’s premiere tropical marine research agency.
It plays a pivotal role in providing large-scale, long-term and world-class research that helps governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the management of Australia’s marine estate.
This work includes:
- conducting strategic and applied research into marine life, from microbes to whole-of-ecosystems, and the processes that sustain them;
- monitoring the condition and trends in health of the marine environment;
- building models and decision-support tools to assist interpretation of the data collected; and
- developing a broad spectrum of enabling technologies, from molecular sciences to ocean technologies.
Visit AIMS at: www.aims.gov.au
Murdoch University is a research intensive institution with considerable capacity in marine science. Its research covers 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..
Visit Murdoch at: www.murdoch.edu.au
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions 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 DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service at: www.dpaw.wa.gov.au
Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation
The Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation provides strategic leadership to the Western Australian Government on matters related to science. Functions of the Department 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.
Science and Innovation manages the State Government’s investment in the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI).
Visit JTSI at: www.jtsi.wa.gov.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.
Visit WAM at: www.museum.wa.gov.au
Curtin University's Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) was founded in 1985 and comprises a multi-skilled group of scientists and engineers committed to the development of technical ocean-related skills in Australia. The Centre has earned a reputation as a high-quality marine technology research and development facility responsive to industry and government needs.
CMST’s expertise fits into four major categories: Hydrodynamics, Underwater Acoustics, Marine Ecology and Stereoscopic Imaging.
The centre works in close cooperation with Curtin’s Department of Imaging and Applied Physics, Department of Applied Geology, Remote Sensing Group, Aquatic Science Group, and the Department of Environmental Biology, plus WA:ERA, IMOS, the Australian Maritime College, and many others.
Visit Curtin CMST at: www.cmst.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.
Visit Chemcentre at : www.chemcentre.wa.gov.au
Edith Cowan University
Edith Cowan University's Centre for Marine Ecosystems Research (CMER) uses applied and fundamental research to improve our understanding of the ecological processes of coastal marine systems, and how these respond to both natural and human induced pressures. Its contribution to marine science has facilitated improved understanding of coastal marine habitat connectivity & trophic interactions, human impacts, marine microbial ecology, blue carbon & paleo reconstruction, conservation & fisheries biology, and marine radioactivity tracers.
CSIRO’s Oceans and Atmosphere
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation's (CSIRO) Ocean and Atmosphere research provides knowledge to manage Australia's marine areas and atmospheric environment.
Its research priorities include:
- Delivering globally consistent and authoritative information and services that enable Australian governments, industries and communities to predict and respond to weather, climate and ocean variability and change, and extreme events.
- Providing scientific knowledge and tools to support commercial development of Australia’s marine resources (e.g. fisheries, offshore oil and gas etc.), while mitigating environmental impacts and conserving marine biodiversity.
- Providing Australian governments, industries and communities with knowledge, tools and integrated approaches to manage their expanding coastal footprint.
- Developing and deploying the science tools of the future to underpin and lead research in the oceans and atmosphere domain.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
The primary responsibility of the Fisheries Division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is to conserve, sustainably develop and share the use of Western Australia’s aquatic resources and their ecosystems for the benefit of present and future generations.
It does this through managing fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, assessment and monitoring of fish stocks, enforcement and education, biosecurity management and licensing commercial and recreational fishing activity, including commercial aquaculture.
A variety of complex issues impact on the sustainable management of the State’s fish and aquatic resources. To meet these challenges it employs an integrated approach to the planning, priority setting and project management of key service areas:
- Fisheries management; covering policy development, licensing and legislation related to the State’s commercial and recreational fisheries, pearling, aquaculture, the aquatic charter industry, customary fishing and protection of aquatic ecosystems, including safeguarding our aquatic biosecurity.
- Enforcement and education; covering Statewide fisheries compliance, communications and community education.
- Research and assessment; providing timely, high-quality scientific knowledge and objective advice to support the management, conservation and sustainable use of the State’s fish resources and aquatic environment.
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.
Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) was established by the Government of Western Australia on 1 July 2017. It is a result of the amalgamation of the Department of Environmental Regulation, the Department of Water and the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority (OEPA). The Western Australian Environmental Protection Authority was established in 1971 as an independent Board providing advice to the Minister for Environment.
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'.
Foundation and Industry Collaborators
Woodside Energy Limited
Woodside has an extensive portfolio of facilities which they operate on behalf of some of the world’s major oil and gas companies.
They have been operating the landmark Australian project, the North West Shelf, since 1984 and it remains one of the world’s premier liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities.
With the successful start-up of the Pluto LNG Plant in 2012, Woodside now operates six of the seven LNG processing trains in Australia.
Woodside also operates four oil floating production storage and offloading vessels in the Carnarvon Basin, North West Shelf and Timor Sea. This is the largest owner-operated fleet in Australia with an excellent track record of efficiently and safely producing from current fields.
Visit Woodside Energy Limited at: www.woodside.com.au
Integrated Marine Observing System
The Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) observes Australia’s vast and valuable ocean estate in a systematic, sustained, scientifically-robust manner. IMOS converts its marine observations into data, time series, products and analyses that can be used and reused for broad societal benefit.
Since 2006, IMOS has been routinely operating a wide range of observing equipment throughout Australia’s coastal and open oceans, making all of its data accessible to the marine and climate science community, other stakeholders and users, and international collaborators.
IMOS is one of the national research infrastructure capabilities currently supported under the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
IMOS operates as a multi-institutional collaboration. This is crucial to its success as no single institution has the capability and capacity required to operate a national scale system. IMOS is led by the University of Tasmania in partnership with the CSIRO, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Bureau of Meteorology, Sydney Institute of Marine Science (encompassing the University of New South Wales, Sydney University, Macquarie University and University of Technology Sydney), University of Western Australia, Curtin University, and the South Australian Research and Development Institute.
Since inception, IMOS has had a significant presence in Western Australia with equipment deployed in the Indonesian Throughflow and eastern Indian Ocean, as well as along the WA continental shelf and coast.
Visit IMOS at: http://imos.org.au
Airborne Research Australia
Airborne Research Australia (ARA) is a Research Centre at Flinders University and Australia's National Research Aircraft Facility located at Parafield Airport in Adelaide, South Australia. ARA was established in 1996 with funding from the Commonwealth Government's Major National Research Facilities Programme and Flinders University.
The core activity of ARA is the use of airborne platforms (special missionaircraft) for a wide range applications and projects, mainly in the Environmental Research & Development area. Most of these projects are based on collaborations with colleagues and institutions within Australia and internationally.
ARA uses specialised aircraft carrying sophisticated sensor packages for the investigation of the atmosphere and the Earth's surface. Measurements can be taken from close to the surface to the stratosphere.
Kimberley Marine Research Station
The Kimberley Marine Research Station (KMRS) represents the “gateway” to the Kimberley for independent marine research. Located at Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, 210km by road north of Broome on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, KMRS offers our pearl farm base, infrastructure, vessels, personnel and local knowledge to the wider science community as the first and only fully operational marine research facility in the region.
Its aim is to provide an operational marine science hub for independent research on the coastal and marine environments of the Kimberley bioregion. With the infrastructure and services to support and facilitate research of this nature on the ground here at Cygnet Bay, we are working towards achieving cross-institutional use of KMRS as a reference site for ongoing marine monitoring, management and research initiatives throughout the region. The Kimberley is regarded as one of the most biologically significant regions of the world yet the majority of its marine realm remains largely unstudied and unchartered, thus, KMRS represents the ideal opportunity to develop the research potential of this particularly unique and remote marine region.
Visit KMRS at: www.kimberleymarineresearchstation.com.au