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Australian sea lions are being utilised as 'ocean observers' collecting information to help scientists better understand ocean circulation and the ecology of South Australia's productive shelf waters. MISA pelagic ecologist, A/Prof Simon Goldsworthy is pictured removing a radio tracking aerial from an Australian sea lion on Dangerous Reef off Port Lincoln, South Australia (Photo: Roy Hunt, Aust Geographic)Overview

Marine Innovation Southern Australia (MISA) aims to optimise the use of South Australia's marine resources, safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystems, and establish South Australia as an internationally recognised centre for southern temperate marine research, education and development.

MISA does this by collaborating between South Australia's marine partners and focusing on innovative science.

MISA's high priority reserach areas are: Seafood quality and value-adding; Aquaculture innovation; Ecosystem Services; and Biosecurity.

An overview of MISA research outcomes, projects and publications can be found in the document 'Marine Innovation Southern Australia. The first seven years: a foundation for the future (On-screen viewing: PDF 7MB) (Print version: PDF 3KB).

MISA Overview (PDF 452KB)

Charting the Course

MISA is an ambitious undertaking conceived in 2000 with the purpose of uniting all sectors involved in the development of South Australia's seafood industry and the protection of its marine environment.

MISA Blueprint: Moving Forward (PDF 698KB) represents a watershed in the development of the initiative, setting out a shared understanding by the partners to take MISA from conception to synthesis.

Key Achievments

Since 2005 MISA partners have worked collaboratively to achieve many milestones including:

  • the appointment of more than 40 research positions leading to 280 new or expanded projects across industry and government research priority areas;
  • a significant contribution to education through the co-supervision of 121 Honours, Masters and PhD students, as well as nine Postdoctoral scientists, by SARDI Aquatic Sciences and Flinders University and the University of Adelaide researchers;
  • the completion of the $2.4 million South Australian Aquatic Biosecurity Centre at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy Campus; and the $4.5 million expansion to the Lincoln Marine Science Centre, owned and operated by Flinders University, boosted by an additional $2.1 million from Flinders University through the Federal Government’s Capital Development Pool Scheme; and
  • the establishment of the $9.1 million Southern Australian Integrated Marine Observing System (SAIMOS) funded through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS) with support from the Government of South Australia.

View MISA's Key Achievements, extracted from 'Marine Innovation Southern Australia. The first seven years: a foundation for the future' (PDF 550KB).

Future Direction

Through the MISA initiative, South Australia’s aquatic capability now forms a solid foundation on which to undertake diverse research, including major multi-disciplinary marine ecosystem programs. These programs will integrate and analyse a range of current and potential future human impacts on our coastal and off-shore regions.

View MISA's Future Pathways, extracted from 'Marine Innovation Southern Australia. The first seven years: a foundation for the future' (PDF 500KB).

Organisational Structure

MISA's governance structure includes a Steering Committee, Advisory Committee and eight Science Groups. Representatives from each of the key MISA partner organisations and stakeholders participate at all levels.

MISA's Organisational Structure (PDF 183KB)