Blue Economy

What is the Blue Economy?

The Blue Economy is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health. The Town of Barnstable actively supports emerging Blue Economy businesses and the growth of existing.

Businesses that are representative of the Blue Economy that are currently located in Barnstable include:

  • Maritime Transportation
  • Fisheries & Aquaculture
  • Tourism & Recreation
  • Shipbuilding
  • Marine Science & Biotechnology
  • Marine Robotics
  • Renewable Energy

Town investments that support the blue economy include:

  • Wastewater management
  • Applied coastal resilience
  • Climate change adaptation planning

Expedition Blue Project

Recognizing that the Cape Cod region’s environment is its economy, Expedition Blue balances our economic and environmental health, creates a new regional identity focused on pride in our water and coastal resources, and supports a sustainable year-around economy for its residents.

Visit the Expedition Blue website

Cape Cod by the Numbers

Maritime Businesses


Maritime Employees


Annual Revenues


(source: Cape Cod Blue Economy Project Report 2017)