Maritime Forum
Size of blue economy

The blue economy covers activities that are related to the seas and oceans. It is hard to estimate its size:

  1. not everything at the coast is related to the blue economy
  2. not all of the blue economy is at the coast
  3. traditional classification of industries such as tourism or energy generation do not distinguish between what is marine or maritime and what is not
  4. in many maritime sectors such as oil and gas exploration, most of the employment is generated by equipment suppliers and other upstream activities rather than by the industry itself

Nevertheless, it is clear that  the maritime economy is a significant and strategic industry for the EU and has the potential to grow even further. A number of studies have therefore aimed to capture its current extent and growth rate.

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Member States' Expert Group ad-hoc meeting on measuring the blue economy

The Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries has started work on estimating the size and nature of the blue economy based on numbers that EU Member States report to Eurostat. The aim of the meeting is to examine the method and results and compare with similar efforts in Member States.

Start date: 29/09/2015 (All day)
Last update: 01/02/18

Size of the blue economy in EU Member States

DG-MARE has prepared an analysis of the size of the blue economy for the integrated maritime policy expert group meeting of 25 June, 2015.

Last update: 01/02/18

Technical workshop:Socio-economic monitoring of the Atlantic

The objective of the workshop is to draw recommendations to the Commission on the process and content required to monitor the blue economy in the Atlantic area, and if possible the implementation of the action plan

Start date: 24/03/2015 (All day)
Last update: 01/02/18

Blue growth in the EU - a set of studies

A set of studies have been commissioned by the European Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries on economic activities that depend on the sea – both traditional ones such as fishing and shipbuilding and emerging ones such as renewable energy.

Last update: 01/02/15

Blue Growth country and sea-basin reports (Mediterranean, Adriatic & Ionian, and the Black Sea)

Please address your queries to: MARE-D1@ec.europa.eu

Last update: 05/03/16

Blue Growth Study - Scenarios and drivers for Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts

Study report on traditional and emerging activities in the blue economy

Last update: 17/12/14

Innovation and maritime clusters in the 5 French regions bordering the Channel coastline / L'innovation et les clusters maritimes dans les 5 régions françaises du littoral de la Manche

Context of the study:

Last update: 03/10/11

Approach towards an Integrated Maritime Policy Database

Study for Eurostat Contract Reference 2007/S 179-218229 – Lot 1

Last update: 22/12/10

Study 2006-15 lot 6: Definition of data collection needs for aquaculture

Aquaculture is by some seen as a sustainable alternative to the harvesting sector. In order to see whether this is true, socioeconomic data is selected and analyzed. In addition, information necessary for measuring the developments of the economic performance of the sector are identified.  Why this study?

Last update: 05/04/11

Study 2007-03 lot 6 Data analysis to support the development of a Baltic Salmon Action Plan

The International Baltic Sea Fish Commission’s Salmon Action Plan has since 1997 been in place to manage salmon in the Baltic Sea. With the EU membership of more Baltic States it was time to have a good look at the functioning of this Salmon Action Plan.

Last update: 05/04/11

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