UWA Oceans Institute

WA strategy for marine science launched

Blueprint for Marine Science WA

OCEANS ONLINE     ISSUE 8. JUNE 2016


Some of Western Australia’s most influential government, industry, science and community members have joined forces to launch the implementation strategy that will steer the state’s marine science for sustainable economic development and environmental protection over the coming decades.

Oceans Institute Deputy Director, Professor Shaun Collin was one of the 18-member Premier’s Roundtable group, who have put together the Blueprint for Marine Science Implementation Strategy 2016-18. This document was created to guide a unique collaboration across sectors, in order to ensure industry and community confidence in the sustainable development of the marine environment off Western Australia.

The strategy outlines 32 activities that will remove barriers to collaboration both within and across sectors, deliver efficiencies in science activities and community engagement, and design programs to deal with key issues such as; decommissioning, marine noise, environmental baselines, productivity and efficient regulation.

The Implementation Strategy is the third stage of a two year, end-user led, Blueprint process, supported by the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI). 

“It has been important to have these senior science end-users from across all key sectors in the same room and not only agreeing on the need for change, but also embarking on such a broad multi-sector collaboration, and taking leadership of the process,” WAMSI CEO Patrick Seares said.

“The willingness to work together in areas they have not previously is already creating spin-off opportunities beyond science in terms of collectively engaging with communities and improving policy debate.”

The Blueprint Strategy can be found at www.marinescienceblueprint.org.au and prospective participants are encouraged to contact info@marinescienceblueprint.org.au.