About the CBE

Funded by the Loker Foundation and Monterey Institute alum Linda Hothem, the Center for the Blue Economy promotes ocean and coastal sustainability by providing the best available information to empower governments, NGOs, businesses, and concerned citizens to make educated decisions about the marine environment.

The Center produces and disseminates data on a wide range of ocean and coastal values, and conducts original, data-driven analysis for international policy-making and management.


The Center’s academic program educates the next generation of marine leaders, equipping them with essential interdisciplinary skills to synthesize complex information, manage diverse teams, determine best practices, produce original research, and help shape and direct the agenda for global marine policy and management.

All of the Center’s activities focus on real-world problems, addressing current marine challenges while seeking to anticipate those on the horizon.

The video below produced by Sea Studios Foundation describes our unique mission.

To contribute to the Center for the Blue Economy, please visit our Giving web page.

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