Globally, the blue economy is expected to double to an estimated 3 trillion dollars by 2030, in a business-as-usual forecast. Alaska’s importance is undeniable, with the state producing 60% of the United States’ seafood and possessing well over half of the nation’s coastline and potential ocean energy resources.
Mission & Values
Alaska Ocean Cluster promotes and grows Alaska’s ocean economy by leveraging existing strengths while supporting innovation and emerging opportunities to diversify our economy, for the benefit of Alaskans.
- Results Oriented: Creating investable opportunities.
- Collaborative Partnerships: Cultivating partnerships with private industry, academia, non-profits, and public entities who will work together on shared outcomes.
- Stewardship: Providing leadership support as the coordinating body for the participating entities.
- Inclusivity: Ensuring our practices and decision-making processes are inclusive of multiple generations across different socioeconomic and educational attainment levels, industries, and rural and urban communities.
There are more than 50 blue growth initiatives underway around the world and clusters are the engines behind these economic development strategies. The cluster concept involves a coalition of private, public and academic stakeholders, forming around a base industry, and, in the process supporting both the industry and each other through economic transactions and circulated assets.
“It is time we view the ocean as part of our long-term economic identity. Alaska Ocean Cluster is designed to inspire transformational ideas, strategically develop and fully utilize our unique Alaskan resources, advance existing services and industries, and create new opportunities linking our communities and culture.”
Karen Gillis, Executive Director, Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association