Vibrant Maritime and Tech

Nancy Civetta, Shellfish Constable, Town of Wellfleet

Nancy is featured in Profiles in Blue in the BEP Implementation Plan. We asked her about her thoughts on the Blue Economy.

"As a Shellfish Constable responsible for the sustainable management of Wellfleet's shellfish resources, it is immediately apparent just how closely tied the town's year-round economy is to Cape Cod's Blue Economy. Wellfleet is one of the largest producers of shellfish in the Commonwealth. With a centuries-long tradition of harvesting oysters and clams for the public's enjoyment, our community identity is intimately woven together with the brand name recognition of Wellfleet oysters and littleneck clams. Wellfleet is the only town with a significant wild fishery as well as shellfish farming. Our farms drive the economic engine, while the wild fishermen represent our heart and soul. For us to continue to be successful into the future, we must be nimble and forward-thinking: maintaining clean and healthy waters is the cornerstone of our existence. Using the knowledge of local shellfishermen and the scientific resources of our partners at the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension and others, we will devise ways to mitigate the challenges and take advantage of the opportunities that Mother Nature presents us. In Wellfleet, we're in it for the long haul.

Rick Karney, Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group

Rick has been serving the shellfish industry at Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group for decades. It's why he is featured in Profiles in Blue in our BEP Implementation Plan.  He shared with us his thoughts on the Blue Economy.

"Since 1976, I have been the Shellfish Biologist and Director of the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group, Inc., a nonprofit consortium of the shellfish departments of six towns on Martha's Vineyard. It has been personally rewarding to have played a supporting role in the development of the shellfish industry. In my tenure with the Shellfish Group, I have carried out a successful community-based resource development program for the commercially important shellfish species (quahogs, bay scallops, oysters and mussels) on Martha's Vineyard. Presently the hatchery operation produces over 40 million seed shellfish annually and, in 2016, Vineyard shellfish farmers were paid over $3.8 million for their aquaculture products. Shellfish aquaculture is the quintessential component of the Cape and Islands’ blue economy. Providing employment and enjoyment for residents and visitors alike, the region’s renewable shellfish resources ideally support both year-round and seasonal economies. In addition, the production of filter-feeding shellfish improves the region’s marine environments that are the ultimate source of the region’s wealth."

Nick Muto, Commercial Fisherman, Orleans

Nick Muto, of the f/v Miss Evelyn and f/v Dawn T., from Orleans. He is chairman of the board of directors of the Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance. Nick is included in our Profiles in Blue in the BEP Implementation Plan. We asked Nick about his thoughts on the Blue Economy.

“It’s hard to talk about the Blue Economy without talking about fishing. Fishing is the foundation of the Blue Economy. Fishermen have been feeding people for generations, and as the fishing industry has changed, Cape Cod has taken a place in the global marketplace, which has meant great returns for its local economy. Fishermen are taking responsibility for our evolving roles as the world’s seafood providers. Although we’re operating under the same basic procedures we used centuries ago, we have evolved to keep pace over time. Oceans change, technology advances, markets expand, and so we diversify our practices on the water to target different species, use new technologies and meet the demands the 21st century marketplace. This adaptability and flexibility means our small businesses will continue to succeed and lead Cape Cod’s Blue Economy, feeding both regional economic success and our participation in the global economy.”

Yuki Honjo, CEO, McLane Laboratories

Yuki, CEO of McLane Labs, is one our featured Profiles in Blue in the BEP Implementation Plan. We asked her what does Blue Economy mean to you?

"As a native Cape Codder, born and educated on Cape Cod, I feel that small marine technology companies such as mine have important responsibilities and roles in our local economy. McLane Research Labs is an export-driven small manufacturing business on Cape Cod. Our core competency is manufacturing in-situ robots that function remotely in some of the most challenging environments on earth, often over long periods of time. 

As a result, in what is stereotypically considered a tourist economy, we believe in investing in careers, and not just jobs. McLane remains committed to being a responsible employer that provides a place for local talent to flourish. 

In turn, McLane is able to innovate and build such oceanographic instruments because McLane is fortunate to be a member of the Cape Cod/Massachusetts community, a global center of excellence in ocean science."


Jon Hagenstein, Co-Owner, Beacon Marine

Jon is a cofounder of Beacon Marine. He is featured in our Profiles in Blue in the BEP Implementation Plan. Jon is now serving on the Board of Directors of the Blue Economy Foundation. We asked him about his thoughts on the Blue Economy:

"I founded Beacon Marine Construction with my two partners in 2015. Based in Mashpee/Barnstable, we construct and maintain waterfront infrastructure both residentially and commercially here on Cape Cod and the South Shore. Being a small business owner, I wear many hats. I am responsible for Marketing, business development, bookkeeping, insurance management, among many other things. The company has been growing since day one and I don’t see any reason for that to stop. We are particularly well poised to help combat the ever-changing effects of climate change through the construction of seawalls, nourishment of beaches, and dredging of waterways. The harsh waterfront environment requires extensive maintenance and protection, solidifying our role in the Blue Economy."

Jim Sullivan, Software Configuration and Build Manager at Hydroid

Jim is one of our featured "Blue Profiles" in the BEP Implementation Plan. He is a lead engineer at Hydroid, one of world leaders in Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). Jim is also the founder of the Cape Cod Maker movement. We asked him about his thoughts on the Blue Economy:

"I work at Hydroid, a company in Pocasset on Cape Cod that designs and manufactures Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs).  These vehicles are used worldwide for a variety of missions including mine detection, surveillance, environmental monitoring, oceanographic research, and search and recovery of lost aircraft and shipwrecks.  As the Software Configuration Manager at Hydroid, my primary responsibility is to organize the configuration and release of software for the AUVs in order to meet the unique needs of each mission.  From my vantage point, I see tremendous opportunity for innovations involving artificial intelligence and robotics in the Blue Economy."