We're working with BP, the South Australian Research and Development Institute, University of Adelaide and Flinders University to unlock the mysteries of the Great Australian Bight's vast area of ocean and coast.
We need to know more about the Great Australian Bight
The Great Australian Bight is a unique environment that is home to a variety of iconic marine species and supports Australia's largest commercial fishery.
The area also houses an abundance of marine resources and wealth which can be realised for the benefit of all Australians.
However, relatively little is known about this vast body of water and how it supports such diverse marine life. We have to know what is there and understand how the ocean system works to be able to predict and measure any environmental impact resulting from development.
The Great Australian Bight research program
We're improving our understanding of the environmental, economic and social value of the Great Australian Bight through the largest whole-of ecosystem study ever undertaken in Australia.
The $20 million four-year project, which began in April 2013, has two major aims:
- understand the unique marine environment and potential marine resources
- provide the science to decision makers to support sustainable development in the region and monitor possible future impacts.
The project brings together multidisciplinary research teams organised around seven themes:
- open water (pelagic) ecosystem and environmental drivers
- sea floor (benthic) biodiversity
- ecology of apex predators
- petroleum geology and geochemistry
- socio-economic analysis
- integration and modelling.
The research results will be made available for the benefit of stakeholders, such as Commonwealth and state regulators and governments and a diverse range of research, community and environmental groups.
The Great Australian Bight Research Program is a collaboration between BP, CSIRO, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the University of Adelaide, and Flinders University
Check out this video of our researchers collecting samples in the Great Australian Bight.
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