Seal bombs are being used in California fisheries to deter marine mammals from fish nets and fishing grounds. But the practice poses significant risk to marine life, regulation is weak, and research guiding current policy is outdated and incomplete.
For a small research center, we have broad impact locally, at the state, national, and international levels. Our staff, students and alumni are ocean champions, tackling challenges both here and abroad. We review Center for the Blue Economy research, publications, and activities in 2018.
The Center for the Blue Economy is committed to providing free, open-access data. Now regional managers along the Mid-Atlantic coast have a new tool: the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Vulnerability Data Portal.
California is a global leader in using, investing in, and advancing research to set proactive climate change policy, and its Climate Change Assessments provide the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability. Dr. Charles Colgan, Director of Research at the Center for the Blue Economy, is a co-lead author of: "California's Coast and Ocean Summary Report."
Each fall, the Center for the Blue Economy hosts a speaker series that brings creative, pragmatic, and practice-based professionals to campus to inform and support the students in the International Environmental Policy program.
One of the consequences of climate change and sea level rise that has not been extensively examined is potential damage to regional economies. Most studies have focused on possible damages to individual properties, but looking at future flood risks in future dollars at the regional economic level is a new approach.
The Center for the Blue Economy, in collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has published a first-of-its-kind report for The Mid-Atlantic Regional Council on the Ocean (MARCO) examining Mid-Atlantic vulnerabilities of several critical economic sectors to climate change. The report quantifies the potential impacts of threats like sea level rise, rising ocean temperatures and changes in the ocean’s chemistry to communities and businesses in 63 counties and independent cities along the coast from New York to Virginia.