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“Moving to a blue economy would benefit food security, human health, underdeveloped communities — and of course, the environment.”

—Alexandra Cousteau

Economic Impact

The ocean plays a huge role in our daily lives via transport systems and tourism, shipbuilding and maritime systems, regulating climate and weather, influencing agricultural output and providing food, water and energy. Tens of millions of people around the world are directly employed in an ocean-related industry, and every person on earth benefits from a healthy ocean economy.

According to the Ocean Economy in 2030 report published by the Organization of Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD), the Ocean Economy included $1.5 trillion of economic output in 2015 (2.5% of global output) and is anticipated to reach $3.0 trillion by 2030, outpacing global economic growth. The OECD defines the Ocean Economy as the “sum of economic activities of ocean-based industries, together with the assets, goods and services provided by marine ecosystems.”

From food, energy, medicine and water – all critical for the economy – the ocean is a vast resource. With the right models and sustainability measures in place, it can continue to be a tremendous economic opportunity for all of those involved.

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Artisanal Fishers

A recent article in Forbes delved into the importance of traditional fishing communities – a group that has been long overlooked – in ocean conservation. “A sector that has alienated people needs to reimagine
The impact of climate change seems far-off and abstract until it directly impacts your community. On September 1, 2019 Hurricane Dorian made a direct hit to my island home in The Bahamas. While I
For centuries, island nations have harnessed and nurtured a close relationship with the ocean. Fishing practices deeply rooted in cultural ties to nature and respect for the nearby waters and food resources have created

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Blue Economy

In the U.S., floating wind technology is projected to revive wind energy that has historically been constrained by location, equipment shortages, and disgruntled oceanside property owners. For California, offshore wind could be the key
The Nature Conservatory has created and recently released a new mapping tool to display the impacts of offshore wind turbines on marine life along the East Coast. This announcement comes as “President Biden aims
Trillions of black, misshapen nuggets called polymetallic nodules line the ocean floor. They formed through a complex biochemical process and are essentially a blend of nickel, cobalt, manganese, and other rare earth metals.These nuggets

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Commercial Fishing

The Realities of the Shrimp and Lobster Industry Many people resort to seafood as a source of protein that is more sustainable than land-based meat. For the most part, this is accurate – seafood
Today is World Wetlands Day! Let’s take a moment to appreciate these hotspots of biodiversity that are so critical to our ocean and inland habitats, coastal communities and overall planetary health. What are Wetlands?

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Innovation

Saildrone and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have partnered to put 5 hurricane drones into the Atlantic Ocean where hurricanes frequent with the hopes of gathering data to better forecast dangerous storms. On September
Researchers from Virginia Tech are closing in on being able to successfully convert food waste into rechargeable batteries. The fiber and biomass in food waste “was the key to develop an advanced carbon material
Nova Scotia is exploring a pilot project to improve the health of the ocean and provide a more sustainable form of food production referred to as restorative or regenerative aquaculture. This multi-year study observes

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Sustainable Aquaculture

How many minutes do you think you spend scrolling through social media? Most of us would probably admit we spend a little bit longer than we’d like on our phones. But, the good news
The second article in The Kelp Revolution: Our Seaweed Series “Seaweed is finally having its moment in the spotlight” – Professor Halley Froehlich The worldwide seaweed market is growing. At the same time, climate change is becoming a more severe and

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