West Cliff Drive in the of City of Santa Cruz, California spans 2.5 miles of ocean views, cliffs and beaches. That stretch is home to an iconic lighthouse, prime surf spots, and is frequented by the wealthy and working class alike. But sea-level rise and storms threaten to undercut the road. This summer, the Center for the Blue Economy will help City managers determine the best way forward for West Cliff Drive.
For more than 20 years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has been engaged in rescuing and rearing southern sea otters for return to the wild. The effects have been clearly positive on the health of the Elkhorn Slough ecosystem, but what is the economic effect on tourism and recreation? This summer, the Center for the Blue Economy aims to find out.
Oregon has permanently banned offshore drilling in the midst of a federal push to open 90 percent of federal waters to oil exploration. The Center for the Blue Economy's National Ocean Economics statistics are a part of the reason why.
Using Center for the Blue Economy collaborative research as a baseline, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker's Seaport Economic Council funds Expedition Blue!, telling the story of the blue economy in Cape Cod.
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 But the practice poses significant risk to marine life, regulation is weak, and research guiding current policy is outdated and incomplete.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.