Report on Visit to SARDI Aquatic ScienceDuring our trip to South Australia Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Aquatic Science, we just sat inside the lecture room and listened to a lecturer as he explained the agency’s operations. After that, we took a tour of the laboratories. Included in the Science Programs (SPAs) are Aquaculture Science Programs Area ( ASPA), Inland Waters & Catchment Ecology, Marine Environment and Ecology, Oceanography and; Wild Fisheries.
The primary objectives of Aquaculture Science Program Area (ASPA) are to develop new technologies and sites for aquaculture; enhance the competitive advantage of existing aquaculture industries and minimize the risks the aquaculturalists may suffer. The program also provides scientific and technical advices regarding the sustainable development and management of aquaculture in brackish, freshwater and marine environments. At present, ASPA focuses on its six subprograms: Algal Production Group; Aquatic Animal Health; Genetics, Reproduction and Biotechnology; National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Photo-bioreactor Facility; Nutrition and Feed Technology and; Propagation and System.The Inland Waters and Catchment Ecology Science Program Area (IWCESPA) gives technical and scientific advices on ways of sustaining freshwater and native fish resources and habitats. It also helps people to understand better the ecosystem processes, ecology and population dynamics of freshwater and estuarine fish, molluscs and other marine animals.
IWCESPA’s subprograms include Climate and Catchment Ecology; Fish Ecology; Invasive Species and; Plant Ecology.The research activities of Marine Environment and Ecology (MEE) include habitat mapping, rehabilitation, reef health assessments, the ecology, among others. Aside from giving advices on how to manage marine environmental issues, specifically marine pets, threatened, endangered and protected species (TEPS), it also conducts commercial EIS works for various clients and currently busy with its subprograms are: Aquaculture Environment; Benthic Ecology; Environmental Assessment, Mitigation and Rehabilitation; Marine Pests and ; Theatened, Endangered and Protected Species.The Oceanography Science Program Area (OSPA) is aiming to undertake a world-class studies and research on the physical, biological and chemical aspects of marine environment. It also does support programs on aquaculture, pollutant/pathogen spread and the dispersal of larva species. It has two subprograms: Biological Oceanography and Physical Oceanography.
The Wild Fisheries Science Program Area (WFSPA) focuses on the research on fisheries—particularly abalone, rock lobsters, marine scale and pelagic fish–and their habitats in the South Australian continental shelf and gulf. It also undertakes externally – funded contract research for such bodies as the Fisheries Research and Development (FRDC) and the Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH). WFSPA’S subprograms are Finfish Fisheries; Fisheries Modelling; Inshore Crustacean Fisheries; Molluscan Fisheries and; Offshore Crustacean Fisheries.The trip was amazing. Although the lecture was a boring activity for most of us, it was the most productive part for me.
It was an eye opener because I realized that I only knew so little and had so much to learn about marine life before becoming a professional marine biologist. What the lecturer explained to us gave me deeper insight about aquatic life forms, their habitats and the ecological balance needed to sustain their ecosystem. I understood that it was not enough to know all kinds of marine animals in the rivers and in the oceans; I should also take my part in doing something significant to preserve those species and their ecosystem. Surely, becoming a professional marine biologist in the future would allow me to pursue this noble cause.
Reference:South Australian Research and Development Institute. Rtrieved May 20, 2009 from http://www.sardi.sa.gov.au/home