A unique public-private ocean institute that convenes and nurtures the best and brightest pioneers and organizations in science, business and education. It is from these intersections that innovation is born, and from innovation comes groundbreaking impact.
We bring the world’s finest climate and marine scientists and engineers together to conduct breakthrough research and discover solutions to food and energy supply, climate change, and ocean exploration.
Today more than 30 leading universities are involved with AltaSea including the University of California, Los Angeles; University of Southern California; Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego; Cal Tech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and the Southern California Marine Institute.
AltaSea nurtures new and existing commercial ocean-related products, services, and jobs.
Among our more than 40 active business leaders are EcoWave Power, Pacific6, RCAM,
Blue Robotics, and Holdfast Aquafarms.
AltaSea is pioneering programs that immerse children and adults in the ocean’s critical role for the future of our planet.
In addition to the Los Angeles Unified School District (including Inglewood and Lawndale), 15 + community-based organizations work with AltaSea including: Boys and Girls Clubs of the LA Harbor, Santa Monica College, Wilmington’s Strength Based Community Change (SBCC), and the Watts Entrepreneur Education Center.
AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles is dedicated to accelerating scientific collaboration, advancing an emerging Blue Economy through business innovation, and job creation, and inspiring the next generation, all for a more sustainable, just, and equitable world.
Executive Director, Entrepreneur Educational Center, Inc.
“AltaSea means opportunity for our community- members of all ages- to connect with the ocean, learn about new developments in ocean science, and participate in a pipeline to well-paying jobs is transformational. Working together to ensure equity in the marketplace is a serious win for the next generation.”
Explorer and Filmmaker
“The ocean is essential for our planetary health and our long-term survival. That’s why AltaSea’s work is so important. Its vision to combine the talents of science and business sets us on a fresh path for the future.”
Next Generation Environmentalist
“I love being a part of the AltaSea community because they give me hope for the future of our planet. Through AltaSea I have had the opportunity to connect with scientists and professionals who are doing work to enact real change and make an impact on our climate. Every time I reconnect with people through AltaSea I am inspired to continue fighting for our environment because I know I have a whole network behind me.”
Areas of engagement
With a global population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, it is imperative that we develop responsible, sustainable food sources that do not deplete natural resources or damage the environment. Aquaculture, or aquatic farming, is a growing sector poised to generate valuable solutions for the planet and humankind. The Sustainable Aquaculture Cluster at AltaSea will be at the forefront of developing ocean-related solutions to the critical challenges of food security and environmental sustainability. Within this cluster, scientists, entrepreneurs and educators will work together to conduct scientific research, explore emerging technologies, nurture both knowledge and action among the next generation and cultivate the development of commercial sustainable aqua-farms in United States waters.
Greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution are having a disastrous effect on our ecosystem. When it comes to production and efficiency, relying on one source of energy is not sustainable. The developing Renewable Energy Cluster will focus on diversifying our energy supply and hoping to reduce our dependence on single, nonrenewable sources. This Cluster will focus on different forms of energies such as kinetic wave energy and algae fuel technologies. As a result of research and commercialization of viable technologies, nations will be able to design energy systems that are long-lasting and have low carbon impact. AltaSea has partnered with experts within these fields so that we can share and disseminate knowledge through our various networks.
Solutions to global challenges such as energy supply and climate change will be found in the ocean and our need to comprehend it has never been greater. However, experts say only five percent of the ocean has been adequately studied. The Blue Tech Cluster at AltaSea will help advance solutions to a wide range of ocean challenges where experts utilize underwater robotic technology for remote monitoring, sensing and ocean exploration. Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and autonomously operated vehicles (AOVs) will be developed, built, tested and launched at AltaSea. The impact of these technological advances will be extended even further through unique STEM education programs and internships for students, the commercialization of scientific breakthroughs and advisement to policymakers on relevant issue areas.