Ten year science plan for ‘blue’ economy

DPt92__Page_16_Image_0010The National Marine Science Plan is a consensus document from over 23 marine research organisations, universities and government departments and more than 500 scientists. It provides a set of recommendations for science that will be at the heart of dealing with the challenges of our marine nation.

According to the ‘Plan’, Australia’s marine industries will contribute around $100 billion each year to our economy, with our oceans and coasts providing a further $25 billion worth of ecosystem services, such as carbon-dioxide absorption, nutrient cycling and coastal protection.

The Plan focuses on seven key challenges associated with our oceans and provides a template for how business, science and government can now work towards growing Australian’s oceans economic potential while safeguarding its longer term health.

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