The San Diego region, with its large concentration of ocean and water technology companies, military presence, natural resources, proximity to the international border and world-class research institutions, has the largest Blue Tech cluster in the United States and a thriving Blue Economy that Supervisor Greg Cox champions.
San Diego’s maritime industry and related economic activity comprise the Blue Economy that includes more than 1,400 companies producing over $14 billion of direct sales and employing a workforce of nearly 46,000 people with good-paying Blue Jobs.
The Blue Economy includes an array of traditional and technology-oriented sectors, from shipbuilding to underwater robotics, from aquafarms to clean water desalination technology and offshore renewable energy. San Diego’s world-famous marine recreation and tourism sector is a significant part of the Blue Economy, thanks to the many boating, swimming, fishing and surfing activities that drive residents and visitors alike to our beaches and bays. And beginning in 2014, it now includes San Diego’s open air, dock side commercial fishermen’s market every Saturday morning that Supervisor Greg Cox helped initiate in collaboration with commercial fishermen to sell fresh fish directly to consumers.
Supervisor Cox works every day to enhance the Blue Economy. He is working with partners throughout the region to promote Blue Tech exports, innovation, manufacturing and workforce development, while supporting comprehensive data-driven and stakeholder informed ocean planning to minimize conflicts among competing potential uses of the ocean and protect sensitive resources.
San Diego was once the “tuna capital” of the Western U.S., where generations of families built their livelihoods around fishing. Located at the strategic pivot point for the Pacific Rim, San Diego is recognized as a world-leading center for BlueTech and the Blue Economy.
As Supervisor Greg Cox has said, the Blue Economy is the "next big thing" and he is working to fulfill its promise.