The Ocean Decade

The United Nations has proclaimed a Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, to be held from 2021 to 2030. The Ocean Decade will provide a common global framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ actions to sustainably manage the Oceans and more particularly to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Australia’s vast oceans are the heritage, heart and economic future of our country. The value of this marine estate to the homes, work, play, energy, food, safety and security of all Australians is matched only by the enormous economic and environmental wealth that this national asset affords us.

The National Marine Science Committee will play a leadership role in communicating about the Ocean Decade for the benefit of Australia and our region.

With the school theme of National Science Week 2020 being ‘Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans’ to coincide with the establishment of the Blue Economy CRC , 2020 provides an excellent ‘runway’ for the Decade.

Get involved

An open information briefing about how to get involved in the Ocean Decade was hosted on Tuesday 5 November by the Australian Science Media Centre for all ocean stakeholders – including scientists, technologists and engineers, policy makers, communicators, connectors, teachers, business and community groups.

You can watch a video of that briefing here

Learn more about the Ocean Deacade