The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, Volume 8, Issue 2, features eleven papers drawn from the recent Fifth International Symposium on the Oceans in National Income Accounts. The papers highlight an evolution in ocean economic thinking: from defining and measuring the blue economy as statistics related to GDP, to an information system that provides decision makers with the facts they need around marine ecosystem service flows and changes.
The Center for the Blue Economy celebrates Alice McGown, a master’s candidate pursuing International Environmental Policy, who will attend the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow next week. She will bring one simple message to the nations of the world: leave fossil fuels in the ground.
Climate change, adaptation, resilience, mitigation—from the oceans to the Arctic—we are facing a whole new world in the 21st century. Center for the Blue Economy staff, Research Fellows, and Advisory Council members playing an important part of that critical conversation.
The 5th International Symposium was hosted by National University of Ireland, Galway, and Dr. Charles Colgan, the Director of Research at the Center for the Blue Economy (and the individual who instituted the methodology to measure the blue economy now used worldwide) gave a notable presentation.
On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, in one of the largest and certainly most timely Ocean lobbies in U.S. history, over 1000 people were mobilized from more than 30 states and territories. Meetings were held with 107+ Members of the House of Representatives and their staff, and 33+ Senators and staff. Over 150 virtual meetings took place on this Ocean Climate Action Lobby Day! The coalition (many of whose members had never visited with their elected representatives before) sent a clear message to our national policymakers: you cannot solve the climate crisis without ocean health, and ocean health is key to solving the climate crisis.
Most tourists come to the Monterey Bay to enjoy the scenery and to enjoy the fresh, local seafood. Yet not since the early 2000’s have consumers been enjoying entirely local or fresh seafood.
Promoting a sustainable ocean and coastal economy is the mission of the Center for the Blue Economy. We do this through economic research, teaching, and advising on policy for regional, state, and national governments. This story showcases some of 2019’s activities and achievements.
Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics
Volume 6, Issue 2 (2019)
Special Issue on the Blue Economy of Bangladesh
On October 18th, 2019, the Center for the Blue Economy and Blue Frontier co-convened a meeting of thought leaders from across industry, government, academia, and the conservation community of California. The goal? To refine the Ocean Climate Action Plan, a.k.a. the “Blue New Deal,” and take it to the national stage.
Many Maine communities have identified climate-related vulnerabilities to their homes, businesses and natural areas, due to the impacts of sea level rise and increases in severe storms. Finding funding for adaptation solutions is often a major barrier to addressing these concerns and moving forward.