HCR 2: Supporting the Alaska Ocean Cluster in its mission, efforts, and vision for a vibrant coastal economy in the state, its promotion of a diversified and resilient state economy that creates value from ocean resources, and its building of a statewide integrated ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship relating to the state's ocean economy.
00 HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 2 01 Supporting the Alaska Ocean Cluster in its mission, efforts, and vision for a vibrant 02 coastal economy in the state, its promotion of a diversified and resilient state economy 03 that creates value from ocean resources, and its building of a statewide integrated 04 ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship relating to the state's ocean economy. 05 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 06 WHEREAS a third of the exclusive economic zone of the United States is along the 07 state's coastline, and the only Arctic region in the nation lies in the state; and 08 WHEREAS the state's ocean economy is substantial and holds tremendous potential, 09 with over half of the nation's seafood harvest, coastline, and renewable ocean energy 10 potential; and 11 WHEREAS it is conservatively predicted that the global ocean economy will double 12 to an estimated $3 trillion by 2030; and 13 WHEREAS clusters are the engines behind more than 50 ocean industry growth 14 initiatives underway around the world; and 15 WHEREAS clusters have been hugely successful elsewhere in the world, with a
01 leading example in Iceland; and 02 WHEREAS the Alaska Ocean Cluster promotes and expands the state's ocean 03 economy by leveraging existing strengths while supporting innovation and emerging 04 opportunities to diversify the state's economy, benefiting the residents of the state; and 05 WHEREAS the Alaska Ocean Cluster has a broad focus on the ocean economy, 06 including ocean energy production, fisheries, and transportation, and has identified 07 mariculture, increased fish utilization, incubation of innovative ocean-based businesses, and 08 ocean technology research and development as current priorities; and 09 WHEREAS the Alaska Ocean Cluster's efforts to advance innovation and 10 entrepreneurship in the state's ocean economy will move the entire state forward to catch up 11 with global trends; and 12 WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature has recognized the accomplishments of the 13 Alaska Ocean Cluster since the Bering Sea Fishermen's Association launched the initiative in 14 May 2017; and 15 WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature welcomes the Alaska Ocean Cluster's work 16 toward a knowledge-based, innovative economy centered around the state's ocean resources; 17 and 18 WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature supports advancing the state's ocean 19 economy through a statewide collaborative cluster and recognizes this project as necessary, 20 lest the state be left behind as other Arctic nations realize the potential of ocean-based 21 economies; and 22 WHEREAS the Alaska State Legislature recognizes the current efforts and 23 partnerships of the Alaska Ocean Cluster as critical in driving innovation, commercialization, 24 and entrepreneurship, which are the foundations of a thriving economy; 25 BE IT RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature welcomes opportunities to 26 collaborate with the Bering Sea Fishermen's Association's Alaska Ocean Cluster program as a 27 partner; and be it 28 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature supports the Alaska 29 Ocean Cluster's strategy for growing the state's economy, which is focused on building a 30 pipeline of innovation and entrepreneurship to engage and connect residents of the state in 31 this growing ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit, capitalizing on economic
01 opportunities, and increasing the resilience of the state's coastal communities; and be it 02 FURTHER RESOLVED that the Alaska State Legislature encourages the Alaska 03 Ocean Cluster's efforts to build sustainable, collaborative, and interconnected ocean industry 04 networks throughout the state by acting as a facilitator and hub in the ocean economy space.