With a vision for a vibrant and vital ocean for future generations, the New England Aquarium (NEAq) promotes sustainable and responsible growth of the “blue economy”; one that safeguards ocean habitats, species, and ecosystems. NEAq is committed to guiding, validating, and convening to help build a more resilient blue innovation ecosystem. To that end, the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life’s (ACCOL) BalanceBLUE Lab drives entrepreneurs, corporations, and ocean industries towards ocean-friendly practices, sustainability goals, and climate adaptation strategies. Building off decades of experience, partnerships, and deep technical and scientific expertise, NEAq’s ACCOL is the objective ocean conservation voice for New England in aquaculture, offshore wind, fisheries, shipping, marine spatial planning, marine mammals, environmental impact assessment, climate adaptation and resiliency.

Science is at the core of everything we do. With a strong foundation of research in wild fisheries & aquaculture practices, impacts from ocean uses for wind energy development, and innovative solutions to the ocean’s biggest problems, our team of scientists advance readily-implementable solutions to the companies we partner with, the public, and the organizations we collaborate with-all of whom share our vision of a sustainable industry. We’re focused on finding global solutions to achieving that vision.

Innovative solutions can help reduce impacts to our oceans from fishing & farming, renewable ocean energy development, marine debris & pollution, and shipping, all while ensuring coastal communities are part of the solution to ensure their resilience. The NEAq/ACCOL and SeaAhead have teamed up to create BlueSwell, a bluetech incubator for startups.

[IMG] A photo of an Atlantic Cod.

Current Projects

  1. BlueSwell startup incubator

  2. Blue and diverse workforce of the future