The Blue Sector

Where Challenge Meets Opportunity

NELHA's initiative stands at the forefront of this transformative wave of challenge and opportunity

Pristine water off the coast at HOST Park
Limu grown at Ocean Era
Investing in Ocean Technologies and Sustainability

Leading the Wave in Aquaculture and Renewable Energy Investments

Welcome to the forefront of transformative investments in ocean technologies, where the convergence of sustainability efforts, incredible innovation, and economic growth creates unparalleled opportunities. As the aquaculture market rapidly expands to meet the increasing global demand for seafood, and the renewable energy market searches for new groundbreaking solutions, strategic investments become crucial

Edible & Blue

The Quickly Growing Aquaculture Market

The fastest-growing food production sector is aquaculture, and there's little wonder why. Seafood remains a major source of animal protein for the world's growing population, and that demand will only rise in coming decades. Current levels of seafood harvesting to meet that demand are unsustainable in the long term, and that is allowing for aquaculture--which currently meets about halve the need--to expand into the market at a rapid pace. 

Mitigating the local environmental impacts and innovating safer labor practices are challenges to be met for the sustainable aquaculture of the future, with better technologies and production systems. Meeting these challenges is where federal interest converges with private sector investments, and that's where NELHA, HOST Park, and the HATCH Accelerator program come in. 

Aquaculture is about more than just farming fish. It also includes the harvesting and production of seaweed (for a variety of uses, even to counter methane emissions), sea salts, microalgae, and other edible resources

Did you know?

  • It is estimated that the next decade will require $150 billion to $300 billion in capital expenditures to expand aquaculture to meet rising demands.
  • Consumer demand for sustainable seafood is growing faster than the conventional seafood market.
  • Sustainable aquaculture can often be co-located with renewable ocean-sourced energy sites.
  • Farmed seafood is a low-carbon protein source, compared with most onshore sources.

Explore our Client Stories to see some of the exciting ways the aquaculture companies we host are innovating these practices into more sustainable, viable, profitable enterprises.

Blue is the New Green

According to Energy Information Administration, energy use is projected to rise by a large margin in coming decades, due to a growing population and the continuing modernization of developing countries. That growth will increasingly be in renewables over fossil fuels. A report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance concludes that by 2030 "over 60% of the 5,579 gigawatts of new generation capacity and 65% of the $7.7 trillion in power investment" (Investopedia) will be in renewables; the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that the turn towards a greener economy could create 24 million new jobs globally by the same year. 

These transitions can be facilitated by renewable ocean energy technologies. One of the fastest growing renewable power technologies, just behind solar PV, is the harnessing of wind electricity, and today shallow offshore wind farms are the largest source of marine-based energy. But other technologies--ocean thermal energy conversion, tapping into wave and tidal energy sources, floating wind turbines in deep waters, and even creating jet fuel from seawater--are emerging, creating new areas of R&D for the kinds of innovative companies who call HOST Park home, and exciting opportunities for investors who want to be part of the solution.

Solar array at HOST Park
Makai Ocean Engineering staff
Makai Ocean Engineering heat exchanger

Rocket Fuel for Moonshots

Our incubation hub, powered by NELHA's rich legacy and commitment to ocean-based innovation, continues to draw some of the most disruptive, cutting-edge companies in sustainable tech and food sourcing in the world. With HOST Park's resources, a community of talent and expertise, and accelerators like our partner HATCH at their disposal, these companies are poised in every way for commercial success. 

From groundbreaking energy projects like Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) to revolutionary aquaculture initiatives and carbon-zero "tiny homes," HOST Park showcases the limitless potential within the ocean economy. With state-of-the-art facilities and a master permitting process ensuring swift progression, HOST Park accelerates the development of companies exploring disruptive technologies.

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Become a Key Player in the Ocean Economy

Our ventures, ranging from energy breakthroughs to sustainable ocean food resources, are driven by a shared vision for a greener, more resilient future. With proven success in our entrepreneurial development programs, including the renowned Hatch accelerator, HOST Park provides a platform for disruptive and moonshot technologies to thrive. 

Investors benefit not only from the potential financial returns of these ventures but also from the satisfaction of contributing to environmental conservation and economic diversification in Hawaii. Join us in shaping the future of the ocean economy — where natural assets, technological prowess, and a thriving community collaboration converge to redefine the possibilities of sustainable innovation.