Consumers are increasingly focused on food and energy security, sustainability, and
provenance. Already, we are seeing strong international demand for offshore renewable energy and for sustainably farmed offshore aquaculture.
Taken together, Australia and New Zealand have an Exclusive Economic Zone of over 14
million square kilometres of well managed clean oceans that provide enormous potential
to increase seafood and renewable energy production sustainably.
Realising this potential requires moving aquaculture and renewable energy systems offshore into high quality but remote and more exposed high-energy operating environments. This requires the development of new more robust structures, technologies and production
systems that require less maintenance with increased autonomation.
They will need to withstand both regular and extreme weather events while being safely and economically managed. Consequently, these Blue Economy industries of the future will require a new and highly skilled workforce.
The Blue Economy CRC has been established to address these challenges and to facilitate a step change in the economic value of Australia’s new Blue Economy industries.