Australia.- South Australia’s fishing, aquaculture and other marine industries now have access to high resolution real-time ocean forecasts of ocean currents with the development of eSA-Marine, a revolutionary mapping system.
Led by researchers from the South Australian Research and Development Institute, the research division of Primary Industries and Regions SA, in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology and the University of Adelaide, eSA-Marine provides forecasts of sea level, water temperature, ocean currents, and wind. This information can be used for a range of purposes such as predicting extreme ocean conditions, maintenance of aquaculture sites, and ship routing.
eSA-Marine data can be used for a range of purposes such as predicting extreme ocean conditions, maintenance of aquaculture sites, and ship routing.
This project was funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association.
The information is readily available to the public, industry and government on the Primary Industries and Regions SA website.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
eSA-Marine provides a real-time view of ocean conditions from the convenience of our screens.
Immediate access to accurate ocean data will assist in the management of our state’s maritime industries, including fisheries and aquaculture.
I’m excited to see how eSA-Marine is utilised by industry to enhance safety and management of our fisheries and aquaculture sites.
Quotes attributable to SARDI researcher, Professor John Middleton
Having led the development of eSA-Marine from its inception, it is satisfying to see this research readily accessible and available to our fisheries, aquaculture and maritime industries.
eSA-Marine is a unique forecast system, and is in fact one of only two in-shore ocean data assimilating forecast systems in Australia.
The eSA-Marine system uses real-time satellite data to capture ocean forecasts ranging from Portland, Victoria, to Thevenard in South Australia’s west, and includes gulfs, shelves and deep waters of the continental slope.
More information can be found here http://pir.sa.gov.au/research/esa_marine