To enable a truly inclusive and integrated approach to ocean governance, we must begin integrating knowledge systems to ensure that the evidence base on which decisions are made is informed by and benefits from multiple world views and perspectives.
We seek to surface invisible and marginalized ocean knowledge, practices and economies to inform, challenge and integrate scientific research of near-shore to deep-sea environments and of governance across sectors of ocean use at different scales.
Through investigating multiple, potentially conflicting, fishery sectors (eg artisanal, commercial, recreational, aquaculture) and, integrating the knowledge of local communities, we aim to advance understanding of the inter-relationship between fisheries and critical marine habitats and natural processes (incl. marine food webs), of the potential impacts from multiple sources such as plastics and climate change, and of the ecosystem response to different socio-ecological and governance approaches.
The deep sea remains the most poorly understood ecosystem on earth, yet its secrets may hold hidden values from both a cultural and an economic perspective. Deep-sea research under the Hub aims to advance understanding of the potential values (including intrinsic values and biomedical innovation) of marine biodiversity . Research will also consider potential deep-sea mineral and freshwater resources, to understand existing and projected impacts of resource extraction on vulnerable or functionally important marine life in the context of environmental changes (including impacts of climate change).
This aims at preventing a given blue economy approach from degrading the marine environment and undermining its actual and potential benefits to human well-being.