Marine Science Research in Australia

National research organisations

There are three major research organisations within Australia that conduct marine science based research at a national level. They are jointly funded by commonwealth and state governments as well as industry bodies.

The organisations are:

  • The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • The Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)
  • Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

These organisations also conduct marine monitoring and research activities:

  • The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM)
  • The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA)
  • Geosciences Australia (GA)

 

State based research and monitoring organisations

Most states of Australia (excluding the land based ACT) have marine based research and monitoring agencies. some of these are:

  • Queensland Department of Environment and Science
  • South Australian Research and Development Institute
  • Western Australian Department of Transport
  • Manly Hydraulics Laboratory

 

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Marine Science News

Why do whales keep getting tangled in shark nets? And what should you do if you see it happen?

Millions of years ago, the megalodon ruled the oceans – why did it disappear?

Animals sleep, but little is known about how sharks do it

Sculptures headed for Great Barrier Reef display

What causes a tsunami? An ocean scientist explains the physics of these destructive waves

Sponges can survive low oxygen and warming waters. They could be the main reef organisms in the future

Marine Science facts

The oceans provide 99% of the living space on the planet containing 50-80% of all life.

Sponges are older than dinosaurs.

 

Half the Oxygen we breath is produced in the Ocean.

 

 Irukandji jelly fish, with just a brush of venom leaves almost no mark. But after about a half hour you develop Irukandji syndrome, a debilitating mix of nausea, vomiting, severe pain, difficulty breathing, drenching sweating and sense of impending doom. You get so sick that your biggest worry is that you’re not going to die.

 

The most remote point in the oceans is called Point Nemo.

 

The Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian oceans are known as the three major oceans.