San Diego Bay, and its coast and waterways, are the lifeblood of 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.
The Blue Economy comprises an array of traditional and technology-oriented sectors, from shipbuilding to underwater robotics, from aquafarms to desalination technology. San Diego’s world-famous tourism is also a big 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. It now includes San Diego’s new open air, dock side fishermen’s market that opened in 2014 through the initiative of Supervisor Greg Cox.
Supervisor Cox works every day to enhance our Blue Economy. He is working with partners throughout the region to develop a Blue Tech incubator to spur business and jobs and to undertake a Marine Spatial Planning program so that we wisely plan for the use of our oceans while preserving our precious natural resources.
San Diego was once the “tuna capital” of the Western U.S., where generations of fishermen built their lives and our communities around this industry. Located at the strategic pivot point for the Pacific Rim, San Diego is poised to reap the benefits of the Blue Economy. It’s the “Next Big Thing” and Supervisor Greg Cox is working to fulfill its promise.
The Supervisor, who serves on the California Coastal Commission, was recently appointed by the White House to the National Ocean Council’s Governance Coordinating Committee, a group that advises the President on ocean policy issues.