National Marine Science Plan launched

Australia’s marine science community has united behind the National Marine Science Plan, which was launched on 11th August by the Honourable Ian Macfarlane, Minister for Industry and Science.

AMSA President Dr Tim Lynch said “AMSA welcomes the National Marine Science Plan, which sets the agenda to advance marine sciences in Australia. AMSA applauds the leadership taken by the National Marine Science Committee under the Chair of John Gunn to deliver this important plan.”

The Plan, which has also been endorsed by the Australian Academy of Science, sets a decadal strategy to prioritise and coordinate marine science to address key challenges facing Australia’s marine environments. The Plan outlines the science needed to provide the knowledge, technology and innovation to ensure long-term ecosystem health of the oceans while growing a sustainable blue economy.

The Plan builds on an intensive consultation phase to which over 500 scientists from universities, agencies, industries and other stakeholders contributed.

“The recommendations given in the Plan are a call to action for all marine stakeholders.” says A/Prof Sabine Dittmann, AMSA’s Immediate Past President who represents AMSA at the National Marine Science Committee. She adds “The Plan also has strong messages for collaboration and qualifications, as future generations of marine scientists will need more cross-disciplinary skills.”

The National Marine Science Plan is available online at: www.marinescience.net.au