The Center for the Blue Economy: Policy Papers by Staff, Faculty, Visiting Scholars and Students
The Center for the Blue Economy does not directly advocate for policy positions, but provides research and analysis to empower decision makers. Here are several recent policy papers used to inform decisions with important outcomes. You may also see our Research Papers section, for further ocean and coastal resource management research.
"Aligning Decision-making and Key Behaviors with Effective Fisheries Management"
Prepared for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) by Megan Godfrey, 2016 Center for the Blue Economy Summer Fellow, and Dr. Rod Fujita,Director of Research and Development, EDF Oceans Program, August 2016
"An Economic Justification for the Development and Establishment of Seascapes in the Coral Triangle"
Prepared for Conservation International by Sorina Seeley, 2016 Center for the Blue Economy Summer Fellow, August 2016
"Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning for New England Communities: First Steps and Next Steps"
Prepared for the six states of the northeastern United States: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, by the Center for the Blue Economy and the EPA Region I Environmental Finance Center at the University of Southern Maine, May 2016
"Northeast Ocean Planning Baseline Assessment:Marine Resources, Infrastructure, and Economics"
Prepared by the Center for the Blue Economy, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the University of Southern Maine, and the New England Aquarium, May 2016 (note: Draft designation given to the paper until a public comment period is completed at the end of July, 2016)
"Economic Impacts of Climate Adaptation Strategies for Southern Monterey Bay"
Prepared for the California State Coastal Conservancy, by the Center for the Blue Economy in partnership with the Nature Conservancy, March 2016
"The Economic Effects of Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Exploration and Development in the South Atlantic Region:Issues and Assessment"
Prepared for the Southern Environmental Law Center, by the Center for the Blue Economy, December 2015
"State of the U.S. Ocean and Coastal Economies: 2016 Update"
Prepared by the National Ocean Economics Program, Center for the Blue Economy, January 2016
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"The Potential Economic Impacts of the Proposed Central Coast National Marine Sanctuary"
Prepared for the Sierra Club of California, by Dr. Jason Scorse and Dr. Judith Kildow, September 2014
"Congressional District One-Page Ocean Economies Summary Report"
Prepared at the request of U.S. Congressman Sam Farr, for each of the members of the U.S. Space, Science and Technology Committee, by the National Ocean Economics Program, Center for the Blue Economy, October 2015
"Lapis Sand Dollars: An Economic Analysis of Non-Market Impacts of Lapis Sand Mine in Southern Bay"
Prepared for the Center for the Blue Economy by Alyssum Pohl (MAIEP 2012) and Lisa Johnston (MAIEP 2012), August 2012