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FISH SITE SEPTEMBER 18 2017 - ALASKA FISH FACTOR:
BACKING BLUE GROWTH
Marine technology experts are meeting at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage this week as part of the Oceans ’17 conference, which will include considerable coverage of topics related to
It’s a first visit to Alaska for the global event, which runs from 18-21 September and is hosted by the Marine Technology Society and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The theme of the conference is “Our Harsh and Fragile Ocean” and it will focus on how modern technology and traditional knowledge can combine to tackle such issues as climate
change, increased Arctic vessel traffic, energy extraction and the new
“Globally, the oceans are being viewed as the last economic frontier. There is huge potential to develop the oceans in a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable way and our hope is that Alaska becomes a leader in this blue economy,” said Joel Cladouhos, director of Alaska’s Ocean Cluster Initiative, a collaboration of the
Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, the College of Fisheries and Oceans Science at UAF and the Global Entrepreneurs Institute at UAA.
Ocean Clusters are modeled on a concept which began in Iceland in the 1970s and they aim to create an economic ecosystem to connect startup people with a common
“We’re all familiar with marine ecosystems, but an economic ecosystem involves innovators and entrepreneurs and educators to create a foundation to grow businesses, innovate new products and grow from the bottom up,” Cladouhos explained.
Blue growth, which is defined as the application and commercialization of new technologies and innovation to fisheries and marine science and engineering, is said to be the one of the fastest growing global sectors and is expected to triple in value to $3 trillion by 2030 (measured as marine-based industrial contribution to economic output and employment).
For Alaska, the blue economy includes traditional sectors such as
fisheries, oil and gas, mariculture,
coastal tourism and transportation, as well as new arenas such as
robotics, biofuels, undersea drones,
renewable energy and marine biotechnology.
The ocean visionaries forecast that such blue ventures for Alaska would boost the state’s economy by 50,000 jobs and $3
billion in wages by 2040.
“Alaska holds over half the nation’s coastline and a third of the
US exclusive economic zone. There is huge potential to develop our oceans in a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable way,” Cladouhos said. “It’s time for Alaska to get on board with the blue economy because it has the potential to be bigger than
gas if we have the appropriate long-term strategy.”
A conference presentation on growing Alaska’s blue economy is set for September 21 from 1:30- 3pm and will be streamed via Zoom video.
By Laine Welch
17 ANCHORAGE, ALASKA SEPTEMBER 18-21 CONFERENCE
Alaska’s history is deeply connected with the
sea. From the Alaska Native peoples who knew Alaskan waters best and relied on them for food and transportation, to explorers like
Captain James Cook seeking the Northwest Passage in the age of sail, to modern maritime activity and new shipping lanes emerging in a changing Arctic. The 2017 MTS/IEEE OES OCEANS conference was and is a piece of the next chapter of Alaska and its waters.
OCEANS North America was hosted at Ahchorage, Alaska for the first time in 2017 by the Marine Technology Society and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society.
The theme of the conference was: “Our Harsh and Fragile Ocean,” or “How to protect the Fragile from the Harsh with application of modern technology and traditional knowledge working together.” This was reflected in the Plenary talks and the technical sessions.
Consider returning to Alaska for pleasure or to visit new friends you made while you were
at the conference. Also considering returning for OCEANS’ 27 or whatever OCEANS conference will next be in Alaska.
The Oceans Conference for 2018 will be held at the Kobe
Convention Centre, Japan,
in May of 2018 in tandem with Techo-Ocean 2018.
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