MARINE LIFE - This humpback whale is one example of a magnificent animal that is at the mercy of human activity. Humans are for the most part unaware of the harm their fast-lane lifestyles are causing. We aim to change that by doing all we can to promote ocean literacy.
The extraordinary beauty, cultural wealth and great diversity of EU's coastal areas have made them the preferred destination for many holidaymakers in
Europe and abroad, making coastal and maritime tourism an important tourism sector. Employing over 3.2 million people, this sector generates a total of € 183 billion in gross value added and representing over one third of the maritime economy. As much as 51% of bed capacity in hotels across Europe is concentrated in regions with a sea border.
The Commission has identified 14 actions which can help the sector grow sustainably and provide added impetus to Europe's coastal regions (including its overseas countries and territories). For example, the Commission proposes to develop an online guide to the main funding opportunities available for the sector and to support the development of trans-national and interregional partnerships, networks, clusters and smart
specialization strategies in coastal and maritime tourism. The Commission will work with Member States, regional and local authorities and the industry to implement these actions. For more information, please check Questions and Answers on the European strategy for coastal and maritime tourism.
EASTBOURNE - Is an example of a beach that is underused for fishing, even though there is a Fisherman's Agreement in existence and blue growth is clearly on the agenda locally. This may change if a home is found for new technology aiming for sustainable fishing in Europe and Internationally.
MAIN BLUE GROWTH AREAS
5. Ocean Regeneration - cleaning our oceans to preserve the resource and cleanse the toxic food chain
6. Aquaculture - now generates around 50% of world produce, mostly subject to wild fish feed
7. Ocean Energy - offshore wind and wave energy for clean power
8. Biotechnology - Identifying, harvesting and producing medicines
9. Coastal Tourism - To engage the public in ocean matters and reduce air travel
10. Green Ships - Cargo and cruise ships that are cleaner, preferably zero carbon
LINKS & REFERENCE
ASSETS - Such as this pier at Eastbourne
are important to help attract visitors to coastal towns. The
owner of this Eugenius
Birch creation, Sheikh
Abid Gulzar, appears to be struggling to find the capital to restore
an important section that was burned down in 2014 - though he has a good
intentions - and must be keen to do his bit to regenerate the
area - especially where this businessman also owns a number of
hotels along Grand Parade. At the time of writing this grade
II listed building is on a monument protection register with
Historic England. Traveling to Eastbourne from London or from
other coastal towns is much more difficult than getting to
Brighton, which is served by a motorway. The success of any
coastal town must be based on access and attractions. If
access difficulties outweigh the attractions, then tourists
will go elsewhere. Eastbourne
is famous for its promenade, quiet walks along the seafront, a
bandstand and now the Sovereign
Harbour, providing mooring for many boating enthusiasts
where none existed before. A harbour offering mooring for
boats is a major boost to any coastal town. Coaches deliver
holiday makers to the hotels along the seafront where parking
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