The Center for the Blue Economy in the Media

The Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) is involved in the national conversation about climate change, conservation and economic policy.  Below are recent events, press releases, and instances of the Center for the Blue Economy in the press.

June 28, 2017

National Ocean Economics Program website listed as a resource on "Science 4 Surfing" website. 

June 28, 2017

Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy is interviewed in this article on "The Best Beach Towns 2017."  Economics, affordability and other factors come into play for the ratings.

June 13, 2017

Center for the Blue Economy report created for Lloyd’s of London regarding natural infrastructure in flood pricing cited in this article.

June 12, 2017

Center for the Blue Economy report prepared for Llyod's of London cited in this Rueters article: Mangroves, coral reefs could cut flood insurance premiums

May 16, 2017

Dr. Brendan Kelly, executive director of the Study of Environmental Arctic Change (SEARCH), and Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow, cited in this article about the Arctic Council meetings.

May 14, 2017

The Center for the Blue Economy hosted and event, “Setting the Course: California Leadership in the Age of Trump, ” featuring comments from state Sen. Bill Monning, Assemblyman Mark Stone and John Laird, state secretary for Natural Resources.

May 4, 2017

National Ocean Economics/Center for the Blue Economy data cited in this article.  Offshore oil drilling puts N.J. coastal recreation, tourism industries at risk. 

April 28, 2017

National Ocean Economics/Center for the Blue Economy data cited in this Washington Post article on the economics of energy production in the US.

April 28, 2017

The Center for the Blue Economy hosted a talk with Dr. Charles Lester, former head of the California Coastal Commission on the future of the California Coast.

April 20, 2017

Dr. Judith Kildow, director of the National Ocean Economics Program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey/Center for the Blue Economy is cited in this article on the economics of disappearing surf spots.

April 17, 2017

National Ocean Economics Program/Center for the Blue Economy data cited in this article on over-fishing.  

April 6, 2017

Dr. Charles Colgan, Center for the Blue Economy Director of Research, was featured in this article on the Maine Economy.  Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont already hit the milestone for jobs, said Dr. Colgan, in his role as Maine resident and professor emeritus at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.

January 27, 2017

Dr. Judith Kildow, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy's National Ocean Economic Program, wrote an article on the "Arctic Blue Economy,"  p.6 in the latest edition of the World Wildlife Federations' quarterly magazine The Circle.  

January 12, 2017

The National Ocean Economics Program's State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies 2016 Update was featured as one of seven influential reports of the year in this Green Biz article.  

December 13, 2016

The Arctic Report Card for 2016 put out by NOAA included a story by Dr. Brendan Kelly, Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow and Executive Director of SEARCH:  The Study of Environmental Arctic Change.   ABC news featured Dr. Kelly's input on this stunning 2016 report.

December 13, 2016

Dr. Brendan Kelly, Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow and Executive Director of SEARCH:  The Study of Environmental Arctic Change was featured in this article by the Union of Concerned Scientists regarding NOAAs Arctic Report Card 2016.  

December 7, 2016

Amanda Leinberger, a recent graduate (MAEIP-OCRM 2014) who is working with the NOAA Coastal Management Fellowship was quoted in this article on climate change in Puerto Rico.

November 21, 2016

U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Designating National Estuaries Week.  National Ocean Economics Program data cited in article applauding the new Senate resolution. “I am pleased to recognize the contributions our estuaries make to our economy and way of life in the Ocean State, ” Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island states.

November 18, 2016

"In the Shadow of Seaport,"  is a nice piece of investigative reporting from Brad Racino in iNewsSource on the boom and bust of the San Diego ports and fishing industry.   The article cites data from the National Ocean Economics Program. 

July 24, 2016

The Center for the Blue Economy's National Ocean Economics Program data is cited in Virginian Pilot article. Mega ships are new reality, and the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Plan represents a cross-disciplinary approach to natural resource management that can mean better business, better environment.

July 13, 2016

Dr. Brendan Kelly, Center for the Blue Economy Senior Fellow and Executive Director of SEARCH:  the Study of Environmental Arctic Change held an "Arctic Alerts" Media Roundtable on July 13th, 2016 at the Press Club in Washington DC.  This Washington Post article summarizes:  "The extraordinary years have become the normal years’: Scientists survey radical Arctic melt."

June 24, 2016

"Americans Love Our Beaches, But Who Will Protect Them?" This Huffington Post article cites National Ocean Economics Program tourism data. 

June 22, 2016

Center for the Blue Economy Director of Research, Dr. Charles Colgan, is quoted in this Delaware Business Times article regarding that states Coastal Zone Act.   The permitting process can take so long, it can harm businesses. "Business groups seek Coastal Zone Act revisions," discusses efforts to reduce uncertainty and lag time. 

June 21, 2016

Leading Monterey-area TV news station KSBW interviewed Prof. Fernando DePaolis, who contributed to a recent study on climate adaptation, about the City of Monterey’s efforts to address the effects of seas level rise.

May 27, 2016

CBE Director Jason Scorse quoted in this National Geographic article:  "...the things we think are precious and most sacred are actually the things that need price tags the most.” 

May 18, 2016

A collaboration between the Center for the Blue Economy and the Nature Conservancy yields detailed cost/benefit analysis for climate change scenarios in South Monterey Bay.  This Monterey Co. Weekly article highlights some of the findings. 

May 13, 2016

Dr. Charles Colgan, CBE Director of Research, featured in this KION story:  "a recent vulnerability study of the coastline, predicts flooding in Monterey through 2030, 2060 and 2100...an ugly combination of coastal erosion and sea level rising are to blame."

April 26, 2016

"From coast to coast, seas shape economy -- and political debate," a great article by Emily Yehle in the E&E Publishing Index.  It cites National Ocean Economics Program data, and does a FABULOUS job of articulating the challenges of balancing development and sustainability in the body politic. 

April 15, 2016

National Ocean Economics Program fisheries data cited in this San Diego Union Tribune article on the impacts of ocean acidification.

March 19, 2016

CBE Research Director featured in KAZU story: US Coastal Communities Ill-Prepared for Effects of Climate Change

March 18, 2016

"Colgan’s testimony offered an 'economic perspective' on the importance of erosion management along the California coast," said reporter Jim Johnson of the Monterey Herald.

March 16, 2016

Obama Administration Drops Plans for Drilling Off Atlantic Coast--The Center for the Blue Economy study countering oil drilling benefits sited in this Public News Service article.

March 15, 2016

In a huge win for coastal communities, Obama administration reverses decision to allow off-shore oil drilling in the Atlantic. CBE's National Ocean Economics Program statistics cited in this Environment America article.

March 15, 2016

Victory! The Obama administration says no new drilling off SE Atlantic Coast! A Center for the Blue Economy study sited in this Daily Kos article.

March 9, 2016

Dr. Jason Scorse, Director of the Center for the Blue Economy and Matt Miller, Program Manager for Save Our Shores talk about sand mining on KSCO Santa Cruz, Newstalk Radio AM 1080

February 23, 2016

CBE Director of Research, Dr. Charles Colgan, talks coastal climate change in Monterey with TV station KION

February 22, 2016

Are the economy and climate on a collision course? This Monterey Herald article digs into CBE's National Ocean Economics Program 2016 update, and gives comment from Sam Farr.

February 16, 2016

"1000 Atlantic businesses now against offshore drilling," article in Environment America sites the Center for the Blue Economy report challenging the economic benefits of Atlantic offshore oil drilling.

January 27, 2016

More than 50 coastal leaders and some notable actors urge President Obama to end Atlantic oil drilling plans in a day of lobbying in Washington, DC.  A Center for the Blue Economy report (here quoted as Middlebury Institute report) is sited in this article in "The State." 

January 21, 2016

Center for the Blue Economy report countering oil industry claims of economic benefit with offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic sited in Miami Herald article:  "Presidential candidates will face drilling questions in South Carolina primary." 

December 22, 2015

A tale of two studies:  In 2013, a report from oil industry backed Quest Offshore Resources Inc. claimed that opening the Atlantic outer continental shelf to oil and natural gas exploration could generate nearly 280,000 jobs and contribute up to $23.5 billion a year to the U.S. economy by 2035.  A 2015 Center for the Blue Economy report prepared for the Southern Environmental Law Center disputes those claims.   This Mrytle Beach Online news article takes a look at the differences.

December 20, 2015

A Center for the Blue Economy report created for the Southern Environmental Law Center disputes oil industry backed Quest’s estimate of billions of dollars in direct tax revenue for states for offshore oil drilling on the east coast.  This article in the Washington Post gives the background and opposing viewpoints in the offshore oil drilling argument.

December 12, 2015

Dr. Jason Scorse quoted in Monterey Herald Article on ocean acidification:  "If the oceans die, we die."  Article was picked up by the San Jose Mecury news the next day.

May 27, 2015

National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) data is quoted in this article on Santa Monica's beach restoration.  They correctly state that well over half of U.S. GDP is generated by the coastal economy (in fact 83.7%), but they incorrectly attribute NOAA as the home of NOEP.   The Center for the Blue Economy is the proud home the National Ocean Economics Program.

May 22, 2015

Tourism trumps oil:  CBE Director of Research Charles Colgan is quoted in the Orange County Register on just how vulnerable the Santa Barbara tourism industry is after the oil spill.

October 31, 2014

Dr. Scorse, CBE Director is featured in International Innovations magazine, discussing the Center for the Blue Economy, and the economic principles that govern ocean and coastal resource management.

October 15, 2014

Dr. Judith Kildow spoke at the Yeosu 2nd Anniversary Celebration of the World Expo on Oceans, Yeosu, Korea, on why ocean and coastal accounts are of great importance to developing countries. While there, she will sign an MOU with the Korea Maritime Association.

October 2, 2014

Dr. Judith Kildow spoke at the National Academy of Sciences' Ocean Studies Board on technology and key drivers of the New Blue Economy

September 29, 2014

Dr. Scorse spoke at the World Ocean Council's Business Forum on Ocean Policy and Planning in NYC

September 23, 2014

Dr. Scorse and Dr. Michael Schapiro co-author piece in Yale 360 entitled: "Oil Companies Quietly Prepare for a Future of Carbon Pricing."

September 3, 2014

Dr. Judith Kildow spoke at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on the value of further the future of the New Blue Economy.

August 29, 2014

Dr. Jason Scorse is interviewed by CNBC regarding "Surfonomics"

August 15, 2014

Dr. Jason Scorse and Dr. Judith Kildow attend screening of Mission Blue, a new documentary about CBE Advisory Council member Sylvia Earle at the home of Advisory Council member and donor Linda Hothem

July 15, 2014

Dr. Jason Scorse, CBE Director, releases statement on President Obama's proposed expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument

July 14, 2014

CBE Professor Dr. Michael McGinnis Interviews for PBS New Hour: "Swordfishing practices under scrutiny on California’s coast"

July 1, 2014

Anonymous Donor Pledges $1.8 Million to support the CBE

June 1, 2014

Dr. Jason Scorse and U.S. Congressman Sam Farr attend the U.S. State Department Conference "Our Oceans" where President Obama announces proposed ten-fold expansion of Pacific MPAs

May 1, 2014

CBE and NOEP's State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies report is quoted in the National Geographic, News Watch.

March 15, 2014

The Atlantic runs a story called America's Ocean-Powered Economy:  Seven ways to think about money and the sea featuring CBE's new State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies 2014 report and quoting Dr. Scorse.

March 1, 2014

The CBE released the State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies 2014.
The report is now available from www.OceanEconomics.org

February 1, 2014

Dr. Scorse was quoted in The Atlantic in an article called Bloomberg's New Plan: Save the Ocean, Feed the World.  The former mayor has invested $53 million to end over-fishing. But reviving the seas could take a multi-billion-dollar effort.

October 1, 2013

Dr. Scorse participated in the Climate One Blue Economy panel; see the Monterey Herald article: Ocean seen as key to economy, Action urged on climate change

September 23, 2013

Dr. Mike McGinnis and Meghan Collins published A Race for Marine Space: Science, Values, and Aquaculture Planning in New Zealand in the journal Coastal Management.

September 15, 2013

Surfer magazine featured Dr. Jason Scorse's research on real estate values and surf breaks in Santa Cruz, California.

September 2, 2013

Jason Scorse appeared in Your Town Your Sanctuary. (Interview begins at about 19:00 minutes.)

July 18, 2013

Alumna Linda Childs Hothem (BAPS '85) pledged $450,000 to support our research.

April 15, 2013

Dr. Jason Scorse joined the Board of Directors of Save Our Shores.

February 17, 2013

Dr. Scorse spoke about assessing the socioeconomic value of Marine Protected Areas at the OceanSpaces symposium on the State of the California Central Coast.