Helping our oceans through
the use of technology

Our Mission

We are the Australian Ocean Lab (AusOcean), our mission is to help our oceans through technology. We develop and apply open source ocean technology to help solve ocean science and conservation challenges. We aim to transform the way in which ocean data is collected and communicated on a global scale.


Healthy oceans are vital to our future. Oceans harbour beautiful wildlife, provide a bounty of food, regulate the global climate, and provide many other benefits, such as transportation and recreation. Yet, considering the fact that they cover 71% of our planet's surface, our knowledge of the oceans and marine ecosystems is still surprisingly sparse. We need to change this.


We partner with other not-for-profit organisations and researchers working in the area of marine conservation and restoration. We bring a technology centered approach to support our partners science and research.


We design, build and deploy open source ocean technology, including networked sea surface platforms, known as “rigs”, as well as custom sensors (e.g. underwater cameras, hydrophones, environmental sensors, etc.). Data is transmitted straight to the “cloud”, where it is stored, analysed and shared.

Our commitment to low-cost, open-source technology

By utilising low-cost, off-the-shelf components we aim to engage scholastic programs, nonprofit organisations and community groups who often have limited access to ocean data and technology. In addition, all our hardware and sofware is open-source. We believe that by contributing to, and supporting open source practices within the scientific community, we can accelerate research and encourage transparency.

Our Projects

Rapid Bay "Rapid Cam"

Watch the highlight reel from our underwater live stream at the old Rapid Bay jetty. Spot fishes commonly seen across the Great Southern Reef. To watch more underwater live streams check our YouTube.

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