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Marine Economy Week

 Marine Economy Week


Marine Economy Week 2022

Marine Economy Week is a week-long virtual event hosted by Harper Macleod. Running for its second year during 9 – 13 May, it examines all aspects of Scotland’s diverse maritime sector. The marine economy is a fundamental part of Scotland’s Natural Capital, as well as having the ability to play a large role in the efforts to tackle climate change.

Until recently, the scale of the sector has been overlooked given the diversity of its enterprises and stakeholders. However, it contributes hugely to both local and national economies and has phenomenal growth potential in Scotland. Marine Economy Week has been created to help ensure that, at the highest levels of Scottish policy and decision making, marine is not allowed to be ‘the one that got away’.

Over five days, Harper Macleod’s specialists were joined by industry experts for a daily lunchtime webinar to examine an array of crucial issues facing all parts of the sector.

Catch up now

Watch sessions you may have missed from Marine Economy Week 2021 on-demand.

A week in review – Marine Economy Week 2021

Professor Lorne Crerar, Chairman of Harper Macleod, provides his review of the firm’s first-ever Marine Economy Week, which saw more than 250 people attend live sessions throughout the week during 22-26 March 2021.

As Chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise for eight years, Professor Crerar saw many of the organisations and companies involved in the sector up close, and watched fantastic projects and investments begin to deliver incredible results. He believes that Scotland can be a marine powerhouse if we can make the most of the opportunities that the marine, or blue economy as it is also known, offer. He also believes that, as a fundamental part of Scotland’s Natural Capital, how we nurture, protect, manage and make use of our marine economy is central to having a healthy and sustainable economy and helping in the battle against climate change.

His review picks up on some of the common themes that emerged from the week – collaboration and cooperation among them – and some highlights for those who have not yet watched the sessions.

A week in review

Day One: Marine Economy | Scotland’s Opportunity

Day Two: Seaweed, Salmon & Submarines | Innovation and Opportunities in the Marine Economy

Day Three: Trading post-Brexit & a view from Norway

Day Four: Vessels, Finance & Funding

Day Five: Marine & Offshore Renewables


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