The Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 (the Blueprint) is an independent, objective assessment of the participating stakeholders’ priorities for future marine research in Western Australia. In essence the Blueprint is the strategic plan for applied marine science in Western Australia for the next 30 years, with a stakeholder focus to ensure any resulting research agenda is guided by real world priorities.
In the last 20 years there has been an appreciable improvement in the understanding of the marine environment. The strategic leadership of the State Government in forming WAMSI and the resulting capabilities developed in Perth, the maintenance of a respectable science capability in State agencies, and the rise of the offshore oil and gas sector, has led to a major increase in the marine science studies completed. However, even with this improvement, public and private decision makers have identified that the necessary information does not exist to support good decisions in the future. A compreh ensive two-year industry-government-community led strategic planning process culminating in the Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 Report, identified the areas where knowledge gaps will undermine effective management, streamlined regulation and low-cost development of marine industries.
The Blueprint Initiative
Following on from the Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 Report, The Blueprint Initiative established one of the world's most diverse marine science collaborations led by science end-users from the energy, fisheries, community, regulatory and government sectors active in Australia's western marine territories. The Initiative instills collaboration as the new norm for marine science in both State and Commonwealth waters off Western Australia.
The Blueprint Implementation Strategy
The Blueprint Implementation Startegy is the third stage of the end-user led process to ensure a strategic approach to marine science that supports industry, community and government activities off the coast of Western Australia.
Building on the Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 report delivered in 2015, and subsequent Premier’s Roundtable for Marine Science discussions, the Implementation Strategy guides the foundation of a long-term collaboration between all sectors operating in our marine environment.
Initial science priorities
The initial science priorities for the collaboration are consistent with the end-user led Blueprint for Marine Science 2050 and consistent with the science community led National Marine Science Plan.
Blueprint Steering Committee Members 2014-2017
Professor Peter Klinken, Chief Scientist Of Western Australia (Co-Chair)
Ms Naomi Brown, Chair, WAMSI (Co-Chair)
Mr Bruce Lake, Chair APPEA
Mr David Carter, CEO, Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd
Ms Heather Brayford, Director General, Department of Fisheries WA
Professor Jill Milroy AM, Dean, UWA School of Indigenous Studies
Mr John Gunn, CEO, Australian Institute of Marine Science
Dr Kenneth Lee, Flagship Director, CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere
Professor Shaun Collin, Deputy Director, UWA Oceans Institute
Mr Stuart Smith, CEO, NOPSEMA
Mr Charlie Thorn (Representative of the Western Australian Universities)