This summary report outlines critical near-term opportunities to grow the Gulf Coast region's "Blue Economy." The Blue Economy includes institutions and businesses active in aquaculture, fisheries, biomedicine, biotechnology, marine engineering, water quality, coastal ecology, sustainable foods, agritourism, and recreation. The study identifies the region's assets and potential growth opportunities for the marine-sciences cluster.
This effort provides a blueprint for action that other networks may follow. Cluster studies are invaluable tools to support regional action, spur implementation at the state and regional level, and inform leaders about the Gulf Coast's significant, but largely hidden, Blue Economy.