The National Marine Science Committee launched the National Marine Science Plan (NMSP) on 11 August 2015 at Australian Parliament House.
The Plan draws together the knowledge and experience of more than 24 marine research organisations, universities and government departments and more than 500 scientists.
The Plan outlines the science needed to provide the knowledge, technology and innovation cornerstones that will grow a sustainable blue economy. Our oceans have a very large number of stakeholders, particularly if we include all those Australians who expect their coasts and oceans to be healthy and productive.
The NMSP is a call to action, to the nation’s marine scientists, but also to all those who will benefit from a strong marine science sector that is dedicated to working with governments, industries and communities in the mission of ensuring that we get the most out of our marine estate while protecting the things we all care about.
The Plan identifies seven critical challenges facing Australia and provides recommendations about how, in a coordinated way, marine science can support Australia in meeting those challenges. Those challenges are:
The Plan provides a set of recommendations for science that will be at the heart of dealing with these challenges.
The Plan’s Recommendations are: