Building a shared map of fishing and aquaculture


As part of the development of the FRDC R&D Plan 2020-2025 utilised a variety of planning methodologies. One of these was mapping the issues and drivers for fishing and aquaculture.

The world has become increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Sometimes it can be difficult to work out where you are, and where you need to be.

Maps help us to understand our surrounding landscape better, and our position within it. System maps are no different: each one helps us to understand the system it describes, its components, and how they relate to each other, whether describing a healthy ecosystem, or the human nervous system.

The FRDC have been working with leaders and innovators from across the wild harvest, recreational, indigenous, aquaculture and post-harvest sectors to develop a system map of fishing and aquaculture in Australia, shown here.

The aim of the map is to describe the world we all operate in, what drives it (the coloured nodes), and the relationships between each driver (the lines between the coloured nodes).

Drivers that are more connected with other parts of the map are larger. If something were to happen to one of the larger nodes, the impacts would transmit through more of the system.

Each driver is coloured to signify the part of the system it describes. For example, drivers that relate to consumers are aqua, while those relating to data, R&D and technology are green. You can view or hide the different coloured parts of the system map by clicking on the relevant label in the key at the bottom of the map.

You can also view the system from the perspective of a specific sector by selecting that sector from the key in the top right of the map.

By building this map of the fishing and aquaculture system together, and making it freely available for anyone to explore, it is hoped that that we can develop a better shared understanding of the complex system that we all operate in, and the unique perspectives of each sector that makes up our diverse fishing and aquaculture community.


View the system map of fishing and aquaculture in Australia