The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) at the University of Tasmania is a centre of excellence for marine and Antarctic research, which cuts across traditional scientific and social scientific boundaries. We are dedicated to enhancing environmental understanding and facilitating thoughtful and sustainable development for the benefit of Australia and the world.
IMAS Taroona is emerging as a unique fisheries and aquaculture precinct – a centre for world-class research, enhanced collaboration and industry engagement, and outstanding marine science education. We conduct local fisheries and aquaculture research and have achieved a research excellence ranking (ERA) of 5, well above the world standard for fisheries science.
Our aquaculture production research brings together biology and innovative technology to increase the sustainable production of aquaculture species including Atlantic salmon, rock lobster, oysters and seaweed.
The development of an Australian seaweed aquaculture industry is currently the focus of a major research effort at IMAS through the Seaweed Solutions CRC-P.
Australia’s future seaweed industry came a step closer in September last year, with the harvest of the first seaweed crop from Spring Bay on Tasmania’s East Coast. While relatively modest in scale, the harvest is a significant milestone in taking seaweed aquaculture from a concept into a commercial operation.
At IMAS, we seek to apply our scientific knowledge to advance global aquaculture to ensure food security for the future.