Filling a needed niche in the oceans science and technology space, a new international industry association launched 6 September 2017 to provide programs, services, and a unified voice on Capitol Hill and in the regulatory agencies to companies that sustainably and commercially utilize the oceans.
IOSTIA (IO-sha), the International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association is a new 501(c)(6) industry association representing businesses that provide technology and services for sectors such as:
Renewable ocean energy
Fisheries and aquaculture
Offshore wind energy
Ports and infrastructure
Diving and manned exploration
IOSTIA’s goal is to provide programs and services that create new opportunities and encourage a favorable business environment for science and technology companies that sustainably utilize the oceans. IOSTIA will also develop a serious, substantive, and unified voice in Washington on issues that matter exclusively to ocean science and technology companies.
With nearly 2/3rds of blue-tech companies located outside of North America, this new industry association will also be international in scope and substance; engaging the foreign Embassies located in Washington to assist international companies entering the U.S. market.
“There are tremendous organizations, foundations, and institutes committed to our oceans, and we look forward to working with all them all, but most are not organized as business industry associations, focused on professional networking and pro-active lobbying efforts for the industry aimed at Congress and the Administration. IOSTIA fills that niche,” remarked Richard Lawson, president of IOSTIA. IOSTIA looks forward to professionals in the industry joining IOSTIA. For more information about membership, please visit the IOSTIA website.
“Often, companies in this industry space are members of various associations; but just like a shoe that doesn’t quite fit, their membership experience also doesn’t quite fit. For instance, an ocean technology company, with no serious connection with oil and gas, may find itself uncomfortably jammed into a petroleum-related association because it is the closest option. Companies like this shouldn’t have to settle. They need an association where the shoe finally fits perfectly. IOSTIA fits that need,” continued Lawson.