The RV Investigator departed Fremantle on the 14 May 2019, set for a month-long voyage as part of the second International Indian Ocean Expedition!.
The 40 strong multi-national scientific team will study the physical, chemical and biological oceanography of the 110°E meridian - the same region as part of the first International Indian Ocean Expedition.
The team will repeat many of the measurements made nearly six decades ago to ascertain if there have been significant changes in the pelagic ecosystem near the western extent of Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
Stay up to date with daily logs on the IIOE-2 and WAMSI websites and check out the live camera feed!
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West Australian Nudibranch
Chromodoris westraliensis
© Photo | S Morrison
Bluespotted Goatfish
Upeneichthys vlaminghii
© Photo | S Morrison
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Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)
© Photo | Deepreef Explorer
© Photo | Olaf
© Photo | Deepreef Explorer

AMSA Membership

AMSA membership is open to those working and studying in all discplines of marine science. Supporting AMSA through membership provides direct support for efforts in marine science research.

Membership Benefits 

  • Access to member communications (AMSA Bulletin, e-News and other such material)
  • Reduced registration fee at the AMSA Annual Conference
  • Participation in activities of state branches
  • Eligibility for student awards and prizes
  • Opportunity to stand as a council member or office bearer
  • Opportunity to contribute to position statements and submissions on marine science and government policy
  • Affiliate membership of Science and Technology Australia (STA)
  • Networking of scientists for development of research opportunities and multidisciplinary collaboration, and dissemination of knowledge about marine science to the wider public

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2019 AMSA Conference



7 - 11 July 2019

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See you at AMSA 2019!

A detailed program is now available. Join 450 marine scientists and industry to share knowledge, discuss latest research and create collaborative partnerships that will contribute to safeguarding the health of our oceans and marine life while also sustaining the economic and societal benefits that accompany a growing nation.

Invited national and international plenary speakers will impart their knowledge relating to the theme "Marine Science for a Blue Economy", from Approaches to the blue economy, Sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems, Global sustainability targets for fisheries, to Sustainable and innovative aquaculture.

Symposia topics will cover a whide range of disciplines such as benthic habitat ecology and restoration, fisheries, marine megafauna, artificial marine environments, remote sensing and oceanography, sustainable ports and marine renewalble energies.

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2019 AMSA Award Winners

Jubilee Award

First awarded in AMSA's Silver Jubilee Year (1988), our professional award recognises excellence in marine research and is presented to a scientist who has made an outstanding contribution to marine research in Australia.

This year's winner is Helene Marsh, Emiritus Professor of Environmental Science, James Cook University, in recognition of her contribution to research, teaching and the conservation biology of dugongs and other cetaceans.

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Technical Award

The award recognises outstanding achievements in the field of technical support to marine science in Australia.

This year's winner is Brett Louden, NSW Department of Industry/Department of Primary Industries, who has contributed outstanding service to many research projects for more than 20 years.

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Allen Award

The Allen Award irecognises an outstanding postgraduate student by providing support to attend the AMSA Annual conference with the aim of giving the student the opportunity to gain experience and contacts, and to serve as an ambassador for Australian marine science.

This year's winner is Kate Dodds, a PhD student at Macquarie University interested in developing effective eco-engineering solutions for marine infrastructure (i.e. green engineering).