At the Blue Economy CRC, engineers are transforming how we use our oceans

25 Aug 2020

This article was originally published on Create Digital.

Bringing together expertise in marine engineering, renewable energy and aquaculture, a new cooperative research centre aims to transform the way we use our oceans — and tap into a lucrative market.

The Federal Government’s National Aquaculture Strategy aims to double the value of aquaculture production to $2 billion by 2027, but a lack of suitable near-shore production sites is preventing growth. 

The solution? Go offshore, taking advantage of Australia’s exclusive economic zone — the third-largest in the world — which is home to some of the world’s best offshore energy resources, as well as tropical, sub-tropical and temperate water environments that are all capable of supporting seafood production.

But a lack of expertise in offshore aquaculture — including building and maintaining infrastructure, energy availability, supply chain logistics and biosecurity — is preventing progress.

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