A Blueprint for Marine Science 2050

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30th May 2016

The Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 provides the strategic direction to focus resources on research programs that will result in real improvements to the development and management of the marine estate.

This document has been prepared by Australian Venture Consultants on guidance from an independent Steering Group. More than 100 people have contributed through interviews and workshops.

The priority areas are the tables of sector by sector knowledge priorities in Section 2, and the subsequent marine science priorities outlined in Section 4.

What is the blueprint?

Why do we need a blueprint?

Blueprint Summary                       Blueprint Final Report

   

Blueprint Appendices

Report launch April 2015 (click to hear presentation audio):

Link to Premier's media statement

Link to Science Statement for Western Australia

Consultation Draft

Brochure Panel Discussion Report Discussion Paper

What is the Blueprint for Marine Science?

The Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 is an important initiative that will help us all focus on the marine research and capability that is important to the future of Western Australia and the Nation.

The Blueprint is a prioritisation of the key knowledge and capability gaps that, if addressed, will support new industries, aid existing industries and communities adapt to changing ocean, and help Governments conserve our precious environments and species.

The final report is supported across industry, government and the research sector and outlines the areas of research that will have the greatest impact, and benefit to Australia.

The basis of the blueprint process is:

  • End-user led –industry and Government driving the process to ensure targeted outputs while seeking advice from the research community
  • Thinking ahead – a view to 2050 with a focus on the coming decade, and a commitment to review over time
  • Broad in scope – biophysical sciences through to economics and innovation. Research through to science capability
  • Shared ownership – opportunity for broad engagement, and joint ownership of outcomes by industry, Government and the research sector

The development of the Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 has been led by a Steering Group including:

(Chair) E/Prof Alistar Robertson
David Carter - CEO of Austral Fisheries
John Gunn - Chair of the Oceans Policy Science Advisory Group, and CEO of AIMS
Colin Scott - Manager Subsea and Pipelines Chevron Australia
Luke Smith - Chief Environmental Scientist  Woodside
Michelle Reynolds - Executive Director Office of Science (Department of Premier and Cabinet)
Stuart Smith - Director General Department of Fisheries
Paul Vogel - Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority
Piers Verstegen - Director WA Conservation Council
Patrick Seares - CEO WAMSI

Why do we need a Blueprint for Marine Science?

Western Australia the longest coastline of any state at 13,000km and almost a third of the maritime exclusive economic zone surrounding Australia.

This area includes some of the world’s largest oil and gas reserves, excellent fisheries, busy shipping channels and high value tourism destinations.  It also includes areas of incredible biodiversity, globally unique ecosystems and iconic wildlife.  In addition to this, most Western Australians live near and enjoy a special relationship with the coast and our marine environment. 

However, even with this major asset on our doorstep we know little about the marine environment and its resources.  This lack of understanding can make it hard to plan and deliver new projects, difficult to ensure effective conservation efforts, and extremely challenging to begin managing the cumulative impacts between projects, industries and the environment in the same area.

A cohesive plan that identifies what, and where, the most important knowledge gaps are will help the marine research sector work with industry and Government to provide the right information at the right time for good decision to be made.

It is also hoped the Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 will provide support and a business case for researchers of all stages of their career to ensure grant funding can be focusses on these important areas of knowledge need.

The Blueprint also provides regional resolution for the National Marine Science Plan 2025 process. National processes are critical for marshalling the substantial resources at the Commonwealth level, and identifying common issues around Australia where a collective response is required. However, regional processes often result in more locally relevant outcomes that are more directly linked to on-ground activities and benefits. In this way, both processes complement and support one another to provide clarity of purpose for research in the western third of Australia’s maritime exclusive economic zone.

Consultation

The Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 has been developed through a highly consultative model. A series of interviews were carried out, followed by a number of targeted workshops with key stakeholders to ensure the best up-to-date information was used for the development of the Blueprint.

In addition to this, and to encourage grass roots engagement, two documents were opened for comment through the WAMSI website. This included a discussion Paper at the end of 2014, and a consultation draft in January 2014.

Finally, the WAMSI CEO held a series of round table discussions at the WAMSI offices in Floreat, Perth. Each of these discussions was limited to eight people to provide a good opportunity for discussion.

WAMSI also provided briefings and/or meetings with key organisations.

For more information contact info@wamsi.org.au.

Attached files:

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 1 - Other Australian Marine Science Plans.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 2 - The Western Australian Marine Environment.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 3 - Regulatory Agencies with Jurisdiction in the Western Australian Marine Environment.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 4 - Western Australian Commercial Fishing Sector.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 5 - Marine Aquaculture Sector.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 6 - Western Australian Marine Tourism.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 7 - Western Australian Offshore Oil and Gas Industry.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 8 - Western Australian Onshore Industries that Interact with the Marine Environment.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 9 - Western Australian Ports and Shipping Sector.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 10 - Future Western Australian Marine Industries.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 11 - Rapidly Growing Coastal Communities and Urban Development.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 12 - Western Australian Culture and the Marine Environment.pdf

WA Marine Science Blueprint 2050 Online Appendix 13 - Protection and Regulation of the Western Australian Marine Environment.pdf