About the program

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in Marine Science (ATSIMS) Program is a dedicated outreach initiative designed to provide First Nations Year 10 students in North Queensland with immersive opportunities in marine science, marine management, citizen science, and the stewardship of Sea Country.

Our program features a series of hands-on, experiential learning excursions, supported by leading reef conservation, science, and education entities in North Queensland, including the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF).

The curriculum is delivered by a diverse array of industry leaders and experts and is bolstered by the involvement of Traditional Owners and Indigenous Land and Sea Ranger groups. This initiative aims to elevate active participation by First Nations peoples in conservation, management, and research decision-making roles related to Sea Country. By developing a pipeline of skilled and confident candidates, the program fosters future leaders in marine science and conservation.