Celebrate Life Below Water. Eat Blue

“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.

Celebrate Life Below Water. Eat Blue

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

The third article in The Kelp Revolution: Our Seaweed Series “The more you learn about seaweed, the more excited you get about its potential to be restorative to the oceans, the climate, the planet,
Book Review of the Month – February, 2021 Have you ever wondered why being near the water is so appealing? For centuries, humans have had moments of clarity besides, or inside, bodies of water
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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Commercial Fishing

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?
Americans eat more shrimp than ever before. But a cloud hangs over much of the global industry that produces it, with questions about labor practices and sustainability.

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Innovation

When you see those ubiquitous pictures of beaches strewn with plastic bottles, or of sea creatures suffocating in plastic waste, you can do one of two things: despair, or, see the waste as what
One year ago, I joined the team at Fast Forward, an accelerator for nonprofit technology startups. Since Fast Forward’s inception in 2014, 59 tech nonprofits  have graduated from our Accelerator Program, and they’ve impacted over 63 million lives globally. They are just a small subset of the 500+
Our economy can be likened to a natural cycle. Goods and services are exchanged for currency equal to their value and that money is distributed, oiling the cogs in the wheel of the supply

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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

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