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

Cape Cod Blue Economy News and Events

The Big Blue Conference

May 2nd and May 3rd, 2023 @ Mass Maritime Academy

The Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce’s Blue Economy Foundation will host a two-day economic development conference focused on the regional blue economy and workforce development at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s new conference center.

WaterWORKS Career Fair 2023

March 14th @ Cape Cod Community College 

WaterWORKS is a hands-on career showcase connecting high school students to Blue Economy and STEM career opportunities in our region.

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)