"Technology can, and should, be used as a force for good".

— Alan Noble, Founder

Scientific knowledge of ocean environments is sparse and intermittent, constrained by the high equipment and access costs of working in the marine environment. Furthermore, knowledge dissemination suffers from the long lead times of scientific publishing and lack of open access. AusOcean aims to address these issues by developing and applying low cost, open source technology to solve ocean science and conservation challenges.

With a strong focus on southern Australia, we partner with NPO's and researchers to solve technical problems relating to marine habitat monitoring and habitat restoration.

PROJECTS

Network Blue
Network Blue School Program

Our student-led citizen science program, Network Blue, provides a platform for students to be the providers of knowledge and drivers for change. Now more than ever the oceans need our help. By bringing marine science into the classroom students can be excited about the opportunities in STEM and passionate about taking a proactive approach to marine science issues. Integrated approaches are needed to create connections between school STEM projects and relevant real-world contexts in which skills can be developed. Learn more

Oyster Reef
Oyster Reef Habitat Restoration
place
Ochre Point

In partnership with The University of Adelaide, we are studying abundance and distribution of the native Ostrea angasi oyster.

KIVH Dolphin Watch
Passive Acoustic Cetacean Monitoring
place
Kangaroo Island

In partnership with Kangaroo Island Victor Harbor Dolphin Watch we’re monitoring cetacean activity. The north coast waters are frequented by whales and dolphins, including the endangered southern right whale (Eubalaena australis).

Windara
Underwater Sensor Network
place
Yorke Peninsula

In partnership with The University of Adelaide and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Australia, we are designing and building an underwater sensor network to monitor Windara Reef, the largest shellfish reef restoration project in the Southern Hemisphere.

Carrickalinga
Reef and Seagrass Health
place
Carrickalinga, Yankalilla Bay

In partnership with Marine Life Society of SA, we are monitoring reef and seagrass health in Yankalilla Bay with low-cost underwater video technology.

Smith Bay
Marine Life Surveys
place
Smith Bay, Kangaroo Island

We conducted the first-ever comprehensive marine life survey of Smith Bay, the site of a proposed deep-sea port.

Port Adelaide
Mangrove Health & Water Quality
place
Port Adelaide & Barker Inlet

In partnership with Estuary Care Foundation and Portside Christian College we are monitoring mangrove health and water quality.

Accelerating the Recovery of Oyster Reef Habitat with Low-cost Speaker Technology

Shellfish reefs dominated by the native Ostrea angasi flat oyster were once commonplace in South Australia’s gulfs and bays. These productive and biodiverse systems were destroyed during the 19th and early 20th century through over exploitation.

To assist restoration efforts we're developing and deploying low-cost speaker technology for continuous immersion onto restored reef substrate. Can amplifying the soundscape of a healthy reef in a degraded or "quiet" habitat influence oyster settlement patterns? We’re hoping our tech can help answer this question. Read more

Sound Experiment

Rig Locations

Reports

Addendum to the Smith Bay Wharf Draft EIS Response, 20 Dec 2019

Smith Bay Wharf EIS Response, 28 May 2019

Smith Bay Marine Ecology Report, C. Larkin, April 2019

Future projects

AusOcean is interested in learning about new projects. Please contact us if you believe you have a project of interest or are interested in learning about Network Blue.