About our Expertise

The Salmon Interactions Team work with government, industry and the broader community to inform and address issues of concern to Tasmanians.

To do this we have a broad range of scientific and technical skills in the team: from ecology and physiology, and understanding the species that live and co-exist in the coastal zone, to mapping and modelling, and understanding how those species can and do interact.

Highly Skilled Field Team

We have a highly skilled and capable field team, with access to boats that can operate out to 5 nautical miles from the coast. We can undertake field studies inshore and nearshore to evaluate potential interactions, impacts and recovery on the seabed, water column and adjacent reefs. Our modelling team can predict potential interactions, and we can advise on monitoring, management and mitigation strategies. We provide advice to new and existing marine farmers, evaluate risk for managers and help the community better understand their coastal environments and the potential for interactions in the areas they are most concerned about. We can advise on governance structures, and management and policy implications.

Caption: This animation highlights the extent of IMAS research in Storm Bay, this is a 3 month snapshot of our research vessel tracks that include seafloor mapping, reef and seagrass surveys, water quality and soft sediment sampling. 

Highly skilled laboratory team

We have a highly skilled laboratory team with a diverse range of talents. A key part of our research is our ability to measure the health of sediments and the water column around aquaculture sites. We can perform laboratory procedures measuring the physical and chemical properties of sediments and water samples. We also have the rare expertise to identify marine invertebrate communities that are essential indicators of seabed health. Our laboratory team is ready for the future with skills in DNA analyses and artificial intelligence. These skills will allow us to make the most of emerging technologies which can improve and streamline our insight into the effects of aquaculture on coastal environments.

To achieve all of this we use a variety of interesting gear and expertise, including

Boats – big boats (to get us well offshore), little boats (tinnies) and some in between boats for diving, grab sampling, and deploying our water monitoring equipment.
Diving - we have access to standard air based diving equipment but also Nitrox, and some very highly qualified and skilled scientific divers.
Cameras – including both diver and autonomously operated underwater cameras and videos rated across a range of depths and environmental conditions.
Data loggers – from simple light and temperature loggers, to automated samplers for targeting particular situations and highly sophisticated sensors that can profile and relay real time data on oxygen levels throughout the water column and “in situ/ in fish” sensors that can directly monitor fish and environmental performance.
Mapping equipment – from simple fish finders and GPS to swathe mappers and GIS systems that can overlay multiple data streams.
Water monitoring equipment – we have a broad range of tools in this space, from state of the art field chemistry labs to older tech, but still reliable, Secchi discs and Niskin bottles.
IMAS’ experimental facilities including mesocosms designed to replicate field conditions, and water and chemical analysis laboratories.
Microscopes – from the simplest magnifiers, through complex stereo microscopes, to cutting edge digital scopes where we can capture and share some very detailed photos of our bugs and beasties.
Ecological modelling - through collaboration with colleagues at CSIRO and elsewhere we have a range of modelling tools available to look at benthic, pelagic and ecosystem processes at varying levels of complexity, and the teams to work them.

If you would like to know more about our expertise on offer or can not see what you are looking for, please contact us for more information

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
15-21 Nubeena Crescent
Taroona, Tasmania 7053 Australia
+61 6226 8277 
Acknowledgment of Country
We acknowledge the palawa/pakana and Gadigal/Wangal people, the traditional custodians of the land and sea upon which we live and work, and their enduring cultures and knowledge of our oceans and coasts.

We recognise that decisions and practices affecting the future of Indigenous education and research are vital to the self-determination, wellbeing and livelihood of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to shaping the Australian society in which we live.
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