This report explores the growth prospects for the ocean economy, its capacity for
future employment creation and innovation, and its role in addressing global challenges.
Special attention is devoted to the emerging ocean-based industries in light of their
high growth and innovation potential, and contribution to addressing challenges such
as energy security, environment, climate change and food security.
The report examines the risks and uncertainties surrounding the future development
of ocean industries, the innovations required in science and technology to support
their progress, their potential contribution to green growth and some of the implications
for ocean management. Finally, and looking across the future ocean economy as a whole,
it explores possible avenues for action that could boost its long-term development
prospects while managing the use of the ocean itself in responsible, sustainable ways.