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Sydney Harbour Institute of Marine Science (SHIMS) aquarium facility

Project Member(s): Booth, D.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Infrastructure)

Start year: 2006

Summary: With the global proportion of people living in cities now exceeding 50%, the Sydney Harbour Institute of Marine Science will champion the area of urban marine science. The proposed aquarium facility will support multidisciplinary research to find solutions for the environmental problems of marine habitats in urban areas. Research at SHIMS will examine how coastal environments are affected by human impacts, recreational fisheries, invasive pests; develop novel technologies for detection of environmental and climate change; and provide management options to protect ports and harbours from threatening processes. The location in such a commercially and recreationally busy harbour provides excellent opportunities for research and education.

FOR Codes: Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology), Environmental Management and Rehabilitation, Biological Oceanography, Living resources (flora and fauna), Physical and chemical conditions, Integrated (ecosystem) assessment and management, Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments, Environmental Management, Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity, Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Coastal and Estuarine Environments