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New strategy sets future course for our marine nation
A landmark strategy for developing Australia’s burgeoning marine research and industry sector was launched in Canberra on 17 March 2009 by the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr  ... [ read more ]
UWA and AIMS join forces in big boost for WA marine science
Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, has announced a new era in research co-operation between one of Australia’s leading universities and Australia’s tropical marine research agency ...  [ read more ]
Hard core data shows 14 per cent drop in coral growth on GBR since 1990 
It’s official: the biggest and most robust corals on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) have slowed their growth by more than 14 per cent since the "tipping point" year of 1990. Evidence is strong that the decline has been caused by a synergistic combination of rising sea surface temperatures and ocean acidification  ...  [ read more ]
Coral disease found to have similar MO to cholera
The complexities of coral disease are starting to be unravelled with the key revelation that a similar mechanism that causes cholera in humans may be causing White Syndrome (WS) in coral. AIMS scientists Mr Meir Sussman and Dr David Bourne, with colleagues from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and the Palau Coral Reef Center, have published a paper showing   ...  [ read more ]
Stars of the sea falling to human-induced perils
Sea stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and other similar creatures, many of them "keystone species" that are essential for keeping ecosystems healthy, are falling prey to a range of disturbances caused by human activity ... [ read more ]
Marine pollution expert heads AIMS in Darwin
A world renowned chemistry researcher with long standing research interests in the Northern Territory has been appointed head of AIMS in Darwin. Professor David Parry is based at the Arafura Timor Research Facility (ATRF) ... [ read more ]
In brief...
New program monitors climate change on Ningaloo coral and fish; Return to Lizard a success; Science meets Parliament, with a marine flavour ... [ read more ]

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