Oceanic Shoals Marine Biodiversity Survey, Timor Sea (NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub, Theme 4, Project 1)


Temporal Range: From 12-Sep-2012 To 06-Oct-2012

Resource Summary

Surveys were carried out in targeted shallow seabed environments within the proposed Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR) in the Timor Sea. The survey concentrated on shelf habitats (< 200m) of the western part of the Oceanic Shoals CMR and included potential biodiversity hotspots such as pinnacles, banks and shoals.

Digital data collected:
Navigation (AIMS)
Navigation (Geoscience Australia)
Multibeam bathymetry and backscatter (Geoscience Australia)
Single-channel sub-bottom profiler along representative lines (Geoscience Australia)
CTD fluorometer, transmissometer, altimeter, PAR/Irradiance, SPAR/Surface irradiance, (AIMS)
Thermo-salinograph data (AIMS)
Towed video and stills with USBL positioning (AIMS)
Baited Remote Underwater Video Station video from BRUVS and SISSTAS deployments (AIMS and UWA)
Biological sample stills (Geoscience Australia)

Physical samples collected:
Water samples (Geoscience Australia)
Smith-McIntyre Grab sediment samples (Geoscience Australia)
Shipek Grab sediment samples (Geoscience Australia)
Benthic sled biological samples (AIMS and MGNT)
Plankton samples using CPR (Geoscience Australia)

This research was undertaken to:
1. collect physical and biological samples and data to fill major knowledge gaps for the proposed Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR) in the Timor Sea
2. analyse these data to gain an understanding of patterns of community assembly and associated physical drivers of marine biodiversity including connectivity in this region
3. use national mapping and survey capacity to support further understanding of biodiversity in this region

The Marine Biodiversity Survey of the proposed Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve (CMR) in the Timor Sea was a research collaboration between the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Geoscience Australia (GA), University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MGNT).

The survey was the main activity for the National Environmental Research Program (NERP) Marine Biodiversity Hub Theme 4: Regional Biodiversity Discovery to Support Marine Bioregional Plans. Data from this survey will be used to support the research goals of the other three themes in the Marine Biodiversity Hub and to support the work programs of the Department of the Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC).

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The data was collected under contract between AIMS and another party(s). Specific agreements for access and use of the data shall be negotiated separately. Contact the AIMS Data Centre (adc@aims.gov.au) for further information

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Resource Usage:

The data was collected under contract between AIMS and another party(s). Specific agreements for access and use of the data shall be negotiated separately. Contact the AIMS Data Centre (adc@aims.gov.au) for further information

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Security classification code: unclassified


Metadata Usage:
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Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS). 2014, Oceanic Shoals Marine Biodiversity Survey, Timor Sea (NERP Marine Biodiversity Hub, Theme 4, Project 1), https://apps.aims.gov.au/metadata/view/f9b98dad-6816-4715-aecb-7ffbee0f7ab5, accessed 22-May-2019