The Blue Economy

Port Alberni is a leader in the Blue Economy, defined by the World bank as the "sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystem." The Blue Economy includes a range of economic sectors and related policies regarding the sustainable use of ocean resources. 

More than 35 businesses and organizations across 11+ sectors.

Leaders in the Blue Economy

Coastal, Marine and Maritime Tourism

Action Packed Charters

Alberni inlet charter excursions offered by Action Packed Charters.


Alberni Charters

Alberni Charters is one of Vancouver Island's finest private charter companies. Barkley Sound fishing charters and scenic tour offered aboard our 34 foot CHB Trawler.


Island Rhino Surfboards

Island Rhino/Totally Board Surf Co. is a complete outfitter for surf, skate, and SUP, offering custom, hand-shaped surfboards and skateboards. Includes a retail space carrying sports equipment, accessories, and boutique brand clothing and shoes.


Maritime Discovery Centre

The Maritime Discovery Centre preserves and presents the maritime heritage of the West Coast area through exhibitions, historic signage, events and restoration projects. 


Windrider Kiteboarding

Located at China Creek Marina, Windrider Kiteboading offers kiteboarding lessons, equipment and apparel. 

Global Perspective on The Blue Economy

  • Government of Canada - Blue Economy Strategy
    "Canada has an opportunity to harness its ocean growth potential by building back better—and bluer. Growing a sustainable blue economy requires a strategy to create jobs in coastal communities while ensuring our oceans remain healthy."

  • The World Bank - The Blue Economy
    "According to the OECD, oceans contribute $1.5 trillion annually in value-added to the overall economy and this number could reach $3 trillion by 2030."

  • The United Nations - Oceans as the Next Great Economic Frontier
    "40% of the world’s population live near coastal areas, more than 3 billion people utilize the oceans for their livelihood, and 80% of world trade is achieved using the seas."
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