Research Program

RP4 Environment and Ecosystems (EE) Program

Project Leader

Chris Frid, Griffith University

Project ID



Development of a larger and diverse “Blue Economy” requires spatial planning that gives industries certainty of tenure and supports the management of risks. The long-term goal of spatial planning should be to link physical, environmental, cultural and heritage, resource potential, operational logistics and risks into a comprehensive decision support tool. This proposal will advance marine spatial planning that supports equitable, environmentally sustainable and economically efficient outcomes.

We will:

  • (i) develop a framework for planning approaches,
  • (ii) characterize the data needs,
  • (iii) characterize resources and sites for development, and
  • (iv) assess cross-sector interactions and mitigation activities.

Project Participants

  • Griffith University
  • BMT Commercial Australia Pty Ltd
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
  • State Government – Renewables, Climate and Future Industries Tasmania
  • Ghent University
  • Huon Aquaculture Company Pty Ltd
  • Petuna Aquaculture Pty Ltd
  • Tassal Group Limited
  • The University of Queensland
  • University of Tasmania
  • Western Australian Marine Science Institution
  • Brookvale Energy Pty Ltd/a Nexsphere
  • Southern Ocean Carbon Company


42 months