Australian Marine Science Conference Eventranet 2017

Concurrent Session 4: S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding


Chair: Jason Tanner
The Great Australian Bight (GAB) is part of the world’s longest southern facing coastline. Its unusually broad continental shelf also supports the world’s largest temperate carbonate production system and has high levels of benthic biodiversity and endemism. Previous marine research in the GAB was concentrated in coastal waters and more recently on the continental shelf. The deep water assemblages and ecosystems of the GAB are poorly understood. Commonwealth and State governments, existing commercial users and a diverse range of academic, community and environmental groups have identified the need to develop a better understanding of the region’s environmental values, regulatory needs and development potential of the GAB. A complex array of ecological, economic and social issues needs to be addressed to optimize management of future activities. This symposium will include results from a large, integrated study of the ecological processes and socio-economic importance of the GAB that is being conducted through a collaborative research partnership involving two research agencies (CSIRO, South Australian Research and Development Institute), two universities (University of Adelaide, Flinders University of South Australia) and BP Australia.

  • Session Details
  • LocationLitchfield Room, DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin Esplanade
  • Session TimeMonday 3rd July 3:40pm to 5:00pm


  • Presentations In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
3:40pm to 4:00pm Benthic invertebrate megafauna of the deep Great Australian Bight Franziska Althaus S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding
4:00pm to 4:20pm Diversity and abundance of microbial hydrocarbon degradation pathways in the offshore environments of the Great Australian Bight Levente Bodrossy S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding
4:20pm to 4:40pm Infaunal assemblage structure in the deep Great Australian Bight Jason Tanner S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding
4:40pm to 5:00pm Scientific findings of the Great Australian Bight GAB Collaborative Research Program Tim Ward S15: Great Australian Bight – seeking whole-of-system understanding