America’s Blue Silicon Valley Meets China’s Blue Silicon Valley to address the daunting challenges of the world’s blue economy

TONY LIVOTI – Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA)

America’s Blue Silicon Valley Meets China’sBlue Silicon Valley to address the daunting challenges of the world’s blue economy


Santa Cruz, Ca.  (4/16/2015) – China’s Marine Economy exceeds over $7 Trillion annually and represents over 10% of China’s GDP. The coastal areas of China account for 13% of the land territory of the nation, feeds 40% of the population, and creates more than 65% of its GDP, and the Asian Pacific Region in general has the world’s highest population and the fastest growing economies and along with China face serious environmental problems relating to the ‘Blue Economy’.

China has coined the 9th largest port city in the world, Qingdao, Shandong (PRC), as theBlue Silicon Valley and it is there that America’s Blue Silicon Valley located in the Monterey Bay of California is now heading up a project to collaborate with Qingdao to bring these two ‘blue silicon valleys’ together along with the rest of California’s marine science community to share resources, research, technology, expertise and products and to address the sustainable solutions that can directly address the daunting challenges and major issues of the blue economies of both China, the U.S. and the rest of the world.

On September 1-3, 2015, the ‘2015 International Ocean Technology & Equipment Expo’ will take place in Qingdao, Shandong and America’s ‘Blue Silicon Valley’ will take center stage in a Monterey Bay and California exhibitor pavilion as part of this conference/expo where other marine science professionals and companies from over 20 different countries will participate.

Nonpoint source pollution (land pollution into the ocean), marine engineering equipment manufacturing, seawater utilization, marine medicine, food and biological product manufacturing, desalination, ocean acidification, nuclear radiation, maritime transport, marine renewable technology and resource exploitation including marine services, such as, marine eco-agriculture, marine eco-tourism and the eco-environmental monitoring industries are just some examples of the topics that will be addressed at this important conference in China.

The Monterey Bay International Trade Association (MBITA) in association with the Brand Monterey Bay program as partnered with the main organizers of this conference, theQingdao WELL Ocean Technology Association (WOSTA), to bring the leading research, development, expertise, technology and products of the marine science community in the Monterey Bay and California to the center of China’s blue economy in Qingdao, Shandong (PRC).

“The land and the ocean are interconnected like brother and sister and the non-point pollution we have in the Monterey Bay of California is likened to the same problems that Qingdao, Shandong faces, and together we can help address these problems and others to lead the world to a healthier, cleaner and more productive blue economy”, says Tony Livoti, President of MBITA.

“We must deepen our understanding of the ocean, and constantly improve our technical
capacity for marine resource exploitation through innovation and technology and we look forward to our partnership with MBITA to meet these objectives and more”, states Hao Yunxing, Director of WOSTA.

MBITA is now taking applications for this historical initiative to participate as an exhibitor in the Monterey Bay & California pavilion for this upcoming conference/expo in Qingdao, Shandong (PRC) on September 1, 2015.