Waypoint Newsletter

The latest edition of “Waypoint”, the Australian Institute of Marine Science’s quarterly online newsletter, is ready for navigation.

To go direct to the newsletter, please follow this link: http://www3.aims.gov.au/docs/publications/waypoint/014/index.html

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New WA Marine Bioresources Library to aid medical research

A huge step forward in understanding the nature of Western Australian marine biodiversity and facilitating sustainable use of it was marked in March 2009 with the opening of the state’s first Marine Bioresources Library, known as WAMBL. For more details, please go to: http://www3.aims.gov.au/docs/publications/waypoint/014/headlines-01.html

Research reveals cyclone’s ravages on the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef was severely buffeted by Severe Tropical Cyclone Hamish, which roared down a substantial part of the reef system, causing widespread though variable damage and in some places reducing coral cover from 70 per cent to 10 per cent. For more details, please go to: http://www3.aims.gov.au/docs/publications/waypoint/014/headlines-02.html

Sponge farming takes off at Masig Island

The establishment of Australia’s first sponge farm at Masig Island in Torres Strait highlights the impact and uptake of AIMS’ sponge farming research. For more details, please go to: http://www3.aims.gov.au/docs/publications/waypoint/014/headlines-03.html

Environment Minister announces multimillion dollar boost to CReefs

An influx of resources worth a total of $2.7 million to support the CReefs project that is systematically surveying life on Australian reefs has been announced by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts the Hon Peter Garrett MP. For more details, please go to: http://www3.aims.gov.au/docs/publications/waypoint/014/headlines-04.html

In brief

AIMS has welcomed the announcement in July that the Great Barrier Reef is among the finalists for the title of “New 7 Wonders of Nature”.  AIMS Western Australia staff have moved into the new temporary headquarters of the University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute.  AIMS has taken out a prestigious national award for its occupational health and safety regime associated with the Scott Reef Research Project off the Western Australian coast. For more details, please go to: http://www3.aims.gov.au/docs/publications/waypoint/014/in-brief.html

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