The world is inexorably moving towards the World Ocean – we are depending more and more on it. <...> Crucially, it is where a great many of the planet’s mineral resources are concentrated – minerals which are becoming ever more interesting to humanity. An enormous amount of biological resources is concentrated there too, which could help solve all food problems worldwide — Andrey Adrianov, Vice-President, Russian Academy of Sciences.
The annual value generated by the ocean, the so-called blue economy, is of the order of USD 3 trillion per year. This is more than the GDP of Russia. The global ocean economy is developing at sustainable directions and is doing so faster and more reliably than its land-based counterpart — Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO.
Fisheries are expanding into deeper waters and further offshore, we have heard about aquaculture today, the tremendous growth there and the importance to the future of protein and food supplies. The continued importance of offshore oil and gas as a major source of hydrocarbons into the coming decades. But at the same time of course, there is tremendous growth in offshore renewable energies. <…> Ninety-eight per cent of Internet traffic, international traffic, is by a submarine cable. <…> And there are entirely new industries, such as seabed mining — Paul Holthus, Founding President, Chief Executive Officer, World Ocean Council .
A couple of notions regarding the blue economy: in 10 years, 100 million jobs brought the blue economy concept to prominence, whereas 50–20% of the fish we eat is actually coming from the Arctic area. <…> The ocean, including the Arctic Ocean, is the fundamental provider for the decades to come and for the future population — Tero Vauraste, Chairman, Arctic Economic Council; President, Mariadi Oy.
When speaking of the economy of the World Ocean, we are proceeding from the fact that water will be a key resource in the 21st century. Note that a bottle of water costs more in Moscow than a litre of petrol. <...> Note also the production of aquaculture, which is currently providing work to 12% of the population. By 2013, commercial fishing will increase to 209 million tonnes. <...> The ocean will also be a key transport artery. More than 80% of all international freight is currently transported via sea — Alexey Rakhmanov, United Shipbuilding Corporation President .
Marine culture is a strategically important sector – it is crucial throughout the world — Sergey Emdin, Chief Executive Officer, Tele2 .