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This report provides details of activities undertaken by the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Geoscience Australia (GA), the University of Western Australia and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory during a marine biodiversity survey to the Oceanic Shoals Commonwealth Marine Reserve (Timor Sea) in 2012. The survey was an activity within the Australian Government’s National Environmental Research Program Marine Biodiversity Hub and the key component of Theme 4 – Regional Biodiversity Discovery to Support Marine Bioregional Plans. Data collected during the survey will be used to support research being undertaken in other Themes of the Marine Biodiversity Hub, including the modelling of ecosystem processes for the northern region, and to support the work programs of the Department of the Environment (previously Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities). These data will be made publicly available, via the Marine Biodiversity Hub website and the Australian Ocean Data Network Portal, adding to the knowledge base of Australian tropical shelf habitats and contributing to the long term management of these poorly understood areas.
 

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