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Solutions to some of the planet’s biggest ocean challenges like plastic, pollution and fishing will be in the spotlight with trailblazing experts and solutions focused science also exploring Australia’s leadership opportunity at the fourth annual Blue Solutions Summit in Sydney on March 20, 2024.

Staged at the Australian National Maritime Museum as part of the Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival, the solutions focused event draws in blue business entrepreneurs and organisations, government as well as scientists and innovators to drive inspiration and collaboration.


Three expert panel themes are drawn from the Ocean Decade Australia White Paper where 120 of the nation’s top leaders in ocean advocacy outlined the greatest challenges and opportunity areas for Australia to deliver on during the current United Nations Ocean Decade.


Ocean Plastic and Pollution – Time to Act will address the urgent crisis engulfing the world’s ocean and explore trail blazing solutions being developed in Australia.


Fishing and the future of Food will unpick the intersection of ocean resources and global food security where innovation and pioneering approaches are addressing environmental impact and providing viable sustainable future food options.


Ocean Innovation – Australia’s Opportunity will look at the transformative impact of innovation and how Australia can and is seizing the chance to be a global leader in protecting as well as utilising our nation’s massive ocean estate.


Lucy Buxton from Ocean Decade Australia will set the scene with a keynote address, Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek will address current government initiatives and ABC presenter James Valentine will host a special hypothetical at the conclusion, providing a scenario developed by a dozen members of the Youth Advisory Panel posing their concerns and challenging experts about the future of ocean care.


Panelists include Prof Melanie Bishop of SIMS, Anne Gabriel of MSC, Mat Goddard of Aquacultr, John Susman of Fishtales, Blair Palese of Ethinvest, A/ Prof Mathieu Pernice of UTS Climate Cluster,  Gian Minns of SeaO2, Stephen Rodan of Beyond Coral Foundation, Sam Bastounas of Pacific Bio, Brad Dalrymple of Ocean Impact, Grahame Lloyd of Sea Shepherd , Jason Graham-Nye of Circular Australia, Anirban Ghose of UNSW SMaRT Centre, Andrew Smith of PACT Group. Addresses from Minister Plibersek, Federal Member Allegra Spender, ANMM's Deputy Director Michael Baldwin, Ocean Decade Australia's Lucy Buxton and Volvo's Julie Hutchinson and Tomra Cleanaway's James Dorney.




Key Facts:

WHAT: Ocean leaders address big issues and opportunities for Australia.


WHERE: Australian National Maritime Museum, 2 Murray Street, Sydney


WHEN:  20 March 2023 -  1.00pm – 6.00pm Networking function to 7.30pm


VIP Tickets are available contact for complimentary entry code. 


Check the full program and speakers here.

About us:

About Ocean Lovers Festival

The Blue Solutions Summit is a feature event of the Volvo Ocean Lovers Festival. The festival is a place to ‘Sea Change‘ in a multi-channel showcase of entertainment to highlight ocean protection and innovative solutions, as well as celebrate the ocean through ideas, art, music, film, science and actions. Visit the website for a full program of events.


Contact details:

For passes & interviews contact Carolyn Grant 0407 898 727 |



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