The AEC Blue Economy Working Group aims to facilitate a pan-Arctic alliance of ocean clusters to leverage the knowledge, expertise and funding instruments throughout the region to fast track product development and economic growth in the sector.

What do the Blue Economy business development themes include?

  • Marine biotechnology and bio-products – the application of scientific and engineering principles to the processing of materials by marine biological agents to provide goods and services
  • Ocean food systems – value chains in fisheries, aquaculture, seafood trade
  • Maritime Transportation – improving the sustainability of the shipping and cruise industries in terms of social, environmental and economic impacts
  • Marine Technology – technologies for the safe use, exploitation, protection of, and intervention in, the marine environment.

How do we work?

The Blue Economy Working Group coordinates activity with other AEC working groups such as the Maritime Transportation Working Group on matters related to shipping. At the core of this Working Group’s activity is a commitment to balancing sustainability and business and demonstrating through its work that the two are not mutually exclusive.

The Blue Economy Working Group is chaired by Dana Eidsness, Director of Maine North Atlantic Development Office (MENADO) at Maine International Trade Center.