SmallScaleOA is a collaborative initiative to create a data economy for coastal community and seafood industry resilience. SSOA will shift the context within which coastal resource decisions take place, making it possible for data producers to satisfy the demands of data consumers. SSOA’s pilot proof-of-concept projects will lay foundational infrastructure for a digital ecosystem that can link dispersed stakeholders together, ensure the validity and accessibility of data, and adequately reward these actors for their data contributions, all without requiring a central authority. By exponentially decreasing the cost of collecting aquatic observations, while also increasing the inclusivity, equity, and relevance of environmental data, SSOA’s decentralized approach could enhance fisheries/farm productivity and efficiency; zonal management and marine spatial planning; product transparency/traceability for quality and safety programs, or certification schemes; and even access to insurance, capital, investment, and financial services.