The consultative process to shape this R&D Plan was extensive, with leaders and innovators from all sectors, fisheries managers, researchers and environmental non-government organisations working together on various elements. using different socio-political scenarios, they explored possible implications for fishing and aquaculture over the next 10 years.
These deliberations were distilled into 14 major themes that are considered likely to shape the future for fishing and aquaculture. these themes were then used to define the five outcomes of this R&D Plan which were shared by all sectors, and five enabling strategies for achieving those outcomes.
Additional detail relating to the R&D Plan’s implementation will be contained in the FRDC’s annual operational plans and reported to correspond with FRDC’s performance management framework (Figure 1).
A review of national-level planning documents relating to the emerging ‘blue economy’ shows that their strategic directions and the outcomes of this R&D Plan are similar.
All R&D Plan outcomes contribute towards meeting Australia’s commitments to the united nations sustainable Development goals (SDGS), which provide a blueprint for sustainable, harmonious and prosperous human communities and natural ecosystems, agreed to by all united nations member states. this five-year plan has also considered national and international issues that are part of a broader movement in public policy more generally, and management of aquatic resources in particular.