NOAA Fisheries’ new fishery survey vessel, Reuben Lasker, the most advanced technology platform for monitoring fish, turtles, marine mammals and oceanography, will be placed in active service Friday. NOAA will officially commission the ship at the Navy Pier, close to the ship’s permanent port in San Diego, on the 10th Street Terminal today.
San Diego’s maritime industry employs 46,000 people and had a total revenue of more than $14 billion in 2011, according to the 2012 San Diego Maritime Industry Report. These employees work in traditional maritime, high technology (the blue tech cluster representing the largest and fastest growing segment), and in traditional non-maritime industries with maritime-specific expertise, together comprising the “blue economy.”
The maritime industry has made strides to be a larger voice in San Diego, but greater strides need to be made, according to a panel of executives at an April 23 roundtable discussion sponsored by McKinney Advisory Group and held at The Daily Transcript.