State of the Blue Economy 2022
The State of the Blue Economy Forum is the premier event to align on priorities for advocacy and action to advance WA's blue economy.
Join leaders from fishing, energy engineering, research, tourism, and conservation and get insights into trends across state, national and international ocean sectors.
This is your opportunity to contribute to the discussions and prioritisation of changes in strategy, practice, and policy. Leaders and representatives of key sectors and locations will be agreeing priorities for advocacy, and government and industry will be there to listen.
This forum is also the place to discover new opportunities and advance collaboration for your venture.
Who this event is for:
The forum is a unique opportunity for leaders to have informed dialogue, align on key priorities that advance our blue economy while safeguarding the ocean. It's also a great forum to make valuable connections, progress useful collaborations, and enjoy a great morning by the ocean. Participants include:
- Industry: CEOs and MDs of marine businesses
- Civil society: peak bodies, NGOs, conservation, foundations
- Government: ministers and policymakers from federal, state and local governments
- Academia: researchers who lead cross-disciplinary initiatives
- Innovators: entrepreneurs and companies commercialising innovative technology.
- 8:00 - Arrival + Networking
- 8:25 - Welcome to Country and Plenary Keynotes
- 9:10 - Plenary Panel 1
- 10:00 - Morning Tea
- 10:30 - Breakout Discussions
- 11:20 - Plenary Panel 2
- 11:50 - Plenary Closing Remarks
- 12:00 - Networking
- Hannah Fitzhardinge, Lord Mayor City of Fremantle
- Andrew Dolling, Executive Director, Science and Innovation, JTSI
- Gigi Brisson, Founder & CEO, Ocean Elders
- Marie Taylor, Noongar Elder
- Colin McIvor, Cluster Manager, Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia
- Claudia França de Abreu, Vice Chairperson, WA Coastal and Marine Community
- Carli Telfer, Manager of Policy, Innovation and Technology, WAFIC
- David Good, CEO, AIMEX, Superyacht Australia & ACMG
- Kathryn McMahon, Associate Dean of Research, Edith Cowan University
- Luke Twomey, CEO, WA Marine Science Institution (WAMSI)
- Miranda Taylor, CEO, NERA
- Andrew Outhwaite, Managing Director, For Blue
- Danicia Quinlan, CEO, Fremantle Chamber of Commerce and Industry
- Joy Francis-Hayes, Development Manager, Copenhagen Energy
- Sonia Beckwith, Co-founder, Live Ningaloo
- Nikkola Palmer, Events Facilitator
Read their bios here.
Themes for discussions in 2022 include:
🌉 How major infrastructure projects can deliver positive environmental outcomes
🌏 Reaching international markets and influencing global agendas from a remote location
📄 Policy and strategies that can encourage sustainable growth of the blue economy and improve ocean health
📈 Trends and predictions for markets, social values and ecosystems.
These themes will form the basis for smaller group discussions and plenary sessions that resulted in a 'top 5 priorities' for WA's blue economy, towards the vision of being the leading Blue Economy in the Indian Ocean by 2030.
Highlights from the 2021 Forum
Download the 2021 State of the Blue Economy Forum report here.
Feedback from previous For Blue events
“The fishbowl setting got participants involved in the discussions, which was excellent.”
"Good to get insight on concrete case studies and not just big picture talks."
“Networking with Blue Economy participants and their expertise relevant to my own venture.”
“There was a good vibe in the room, a lot of drive, a lot of people with varied backgrounds wanting to do a lot of good.”
This event is being held as part of West Tech Fest 2022 and supported by For Blue, the City of Fremantle, and the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science, and Innovation.