Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date

Spring 3-25-2013


  • Extending discussion of the ocean economy beyond “How Big”

– Changes in the U.S. related to the Great Recession

– Decomposing changes to major types of change

– Finding relative sizes

  • Exploring the expanding attention to the ocean economy in other parts of the world

– Likenesses and differences in:

  • Definitions
  • Measures
  • Geographies
  • Purposes

Where do we go from here?



Dr. Charles Colgan and Dr. Judith Kildow delivered a presentation at CNREP 2013 explaining the intricacies of the ocean economy and exploring worldwide efforts to quantify it. Combining their decades of knowledge in the field, Drs. Colgan and Kildow established the current state of ocean accounts and identified improvements we'll need to implement to progress