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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Atlantic regions - socio-economic analysis at NUTS3 level

I have done some preliminary analysis of Eurostat statistics of NUTS3 regions in the Atlantic. This is not the final word as more analysis needs to be done. If you look at the tables you will see an "average" and a "count".

Last update: 10/05/10

Studies aiming at improving national maritime and coastal statistics

reports concluded that national statistical offices will not provide data other than that which is already provided to Eurostat

Last update: 21/07/17

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