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Community Update July 2016

July 2016

Welcome to the third, quarterly, national marine science community update for 2016.

The National Marine Science Committee (NMSC) met on 23 June and our meeting report is now available.  The major topic of discussion was implementation of the National Marine Science Plan. Action agendas are being developed for the eight high level recommendations in the Plan, noting that not all recommendations will move forward at the same time and with the same intensity.

Other topics of discussion at the meeting included the current development of a National Infrastructure Roadmap, particularly as it relates to national marine research infrastructure requirements (e.g. research vessels). The next step in this process will be a discussion paper released for comment in mid‐July. The next NMSC meeting will be held in Canberra on 1 September.

The Western Australian Blueprint for Marine Science Initiative was launched in June. Strongly aligned with the National Marine Science Plan, the Blueprint guides the foundation of a long-term collaboration between all sectors operating in the marine environment. The Blueprint Initiative encourages formal links to science programs at national and state levels and emphasises the importance of the developing 'blue economy' to the state's and Australia's future.

It is pleasing to advise that a paper entitled ‘The National Marine Science Plan informing Australia’s Future Ocean policy’ has now been published in the Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs. A link to the article has been placed on the NSMC website.

A First Draft IMOS Five Year Plan (2017-22) is now available for comment, and can be downloaded here.  Issued 24 June 2016, comments are due by no later than 22 July 2016, and should be sent to The main target group for comment on the First Draft Plan is the IMOS user and stakeholder base, however comment is welcome from any interested party.


Tim Moltmann, Chair
on behalf of the National Marine Science Committee