Global Marine

Developing the blue economy

The South West has long been recognised as a prime site for the development of sustainable aquaculture across the many different sub-sectors of the industry.

With support from business, NGOs, policy makers and regional councils, The South West Aquaculture Network aims to develop strong blue economic growth for coastal communities across the region.

The UK Hydrographic Office (HO) Headquarters is in Taunton, presenting huge potential when it comes to future investment opportunities in this sector.

With its 800 research intensive staff providing data to 90% of global shipping data for autonomous shipping and undertaking a wide range of marine environmental projects across the world. The UK HO is recognised as one of the key organisations that can exploit the forecast £3.2 trillion ‘blue economy’ by 2030 and the South West is at the forefront.

Surrounded by coast and countryside the Somerset West and Taunton region is rich in natural capital and growth opportunities.

Somerset West and Taunton Council is committed to developing the marine sector in the South West and is working with local educational establishments and businesses to develop partnership programmes and opportunities for diversification of the economy – providing new jobs in sectors such as offshore and hydroelectricity generation.

With 40 miles of coastline and access to world-renowned Russell Group universities, Somerset West and Taunton is set to become a leader in maritime research, development and business innovation.

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“As the global marine industry embraces its digital transformation, Somerset West and Taunton is an ideally located hub, with its maritime heritage, positive links to this sector and a thriving community for businesses to call home.”

Amy Carrillo: Chief People Officer, UK Hydrographic Office