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

Job Training & Employment Opportunities – Take A Survey

The Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, working with Mass Development and local social service agencies and community leaders, is looking for ways to offer job training and employment opportunities in the fishing industry to more members of Cape Cod’s diverse community. 

We are asking people to fill out the following survey to help us understand if there is interest in such a program, and if so how best to move forward. We would appreciate your time to complete this short survey, which will take less than five minutes.

Download the survey here:

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WaterWORKS Career Fair 2024

January 16th @ Cape Cod Community College 

With past events featuring pre-eminent shark scientists, wooden boat builders,
deep sea researchers, offshore wind companies and oyster farmers, WaterWORKS continued to be inspirational and eye-opening for students interested in the wealth of career opportunities in the Cape’s Blue Economy.

WaterWORKS invites high school students from Barnstable, Dukes, Nantucket and Southern Plymouth County to a half-day program at the Cape Cod Community College West Barnstable Campus; this year on January 16, 2024. The career showcase highlighted the broad array of jobs available to them through demonstrations, exhibits, interactive displays, and hands-on activities. The connections with various non-profits, research institutions, government agencies and businesses help bring awareness to the region’s high school students of how our environment and economy are inextricably linked.

The Big Blue Conference

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

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

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)