The For Blue research identified and validated nine areas of opportunity for Western Australia's Blue economy.
Each area of opportunity can be thought of as a 'cluster' of aggregated community, industry, academic and government activity. For each, WA has strong local capability, growing it would benefit the Indian Ocean ecosystems, and there's demand for that expertise in other Indian Ocean nations.
Each description below is linked to a summary, inspiration and examples of ventures and further activities to realise the potential of these opportunities.
Could we combine cultural approaches and disciplines to inform our approach to adaptation?
Could we develop expertise in implementing appropriate strategies for ecosystems, industries and cities?
Do we fully appreciate our significant dependence on our seas?
Could we, and the ocean, benefit from deliberate curation of a stronger oceanic cultural identification?
Could we grow active ocean stewardship as an industry?
Could legislation, management and market economics be used to generate Blue Carbon export-earning value while growing our natural capital?
Could we serve our neighbouring nations through ocean-related education and exchange?
Could growing their capability and capacity also be to our benefit?
Are we leveraging our marine manufacturing capabilities as the basis for new industries?
Could we attract talent and grow more scaleable startups to advance manufacturing?
Could we develop greater sovereign capability in remote intelligence technologies?
Could this become a significant export service industry to achieve surveillance, defence, and conservation outcomes?
Is ocean health compatible with economic growth?
Could WA play a significant role in attracting talent, growing ventures and driving investment in Blue Economy innovation?
Will a 'healthy' ocean be the same in the future be the same as in the past?
Could WA be a hub for forecasting the dynamics and conditions in marine systems?
Could facilitate harmony amongst different ecological needs, economic activities and conceptions of our oceans become a core capability?
Could WA institutions convene conferences and collaborations that beneficially contribute to global oceans governance?