National Marine Science Committee:
who we are and what we do
The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) was established in 1998 under Australian Oceans Policy and formerly known as the Oceans Policy Science Advisory Group. It is an advisory body that promotes the essential role of high-quality marine science in developing Australia’s blue economy. It also advocates for investment in and support for this key blue-economy driver.
To achieve this, NMSC assists coordination and information-sharing between Australia's research institutions, universities, Commonwealth and state/territory government departments and the broader Australian marine science community.
This community of marine stakeholders come together via the NMSC to provide scientifically robust, user-relevant advice on marine issues of national significance to Australia.
This includes the collaborative development of national scientific strategies that harness the breadth of our members’ sectors, stakeholders and interdisciplinary expertise. It also includes working groups that address the recommendations of the National Marine Science Plan 2015–2025.
NMSC aims to ensure that marine science helps to address the grand challenges that Australia faces as a marine nation.
This will be achieved through cutting-edge research integrating social and economic factors. It will be done at the time and space scales required by stakeholders in industry, government and society.
Our structure and meetings
NMSC includes representatives from over 39 member organisations. It is governed by these Terms of Reference.
The Committee is currently chaired (2022–) by Dr Patrick Hone, Managing Director of Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), and deputy-chaired by Kim Picard (2021–), Program lead of AusSeabed at Geoscience Australia.
The past Chairs:
- (2021-2022) Toni Moate, Director of CSIRO National Facilities and Collections
- (2018–2020) Tony Worby, Director of CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere
NMSC meets quarterly. You can read the meeting reports here.
Meet our members
NMSC includes representatives of 39 organisations conducting and using marine research across Australia. (Click on the logos below to find more details on each member.)
The broader national community includes stakeholders such as energy companies, port authorities, tourism operators, commercial and recreational fishers and others.
The NMSC works within a greater ecosystem of organisations, strategies and initiatives dedicated to healthy oceans and coasts. These include:
NMSC Chair and Deputy
Chair: Dr Patrick Hone, Managing Director, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
Deputy Chair: Kim Picard, Chair of the AusSeabed Steering Committee, Geoscience Australia
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