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2021 Blue Economy Report published and presented on European Maritime Day

The European Commission published the 2021 Blue Economy Report which summarises the key data from Eurostat and other sources from all blue economy sectors.

The report includes interesting data and key points for the recreational boating sector. Importantly, EBI was successful in getting data for the sector included, with a specific case study summarising the EBI study on the impact of COVID-19 on our industry (page 71). Secondly, some trends for 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic impact are mentioned, and the negative effects on recreational boating sector are specifically recognised (page 62). Thirdly, new opportunities for sustainable coastal and maritime tourism are discussed, highlighting a change in behaviour and tourism demand (page 70). 

In addition, EU funding for the recreational boating industry is highlighted, such as on nautical tourism (page 75) and a marina development project in Northern Europe focusing on physical and digital infrastructure for 34 marinas (page 76) and tools and technology for marinas and boat designers (page 115). Lastly, some data is presented on recreational marine fishing in Catalonia, with specifics on “boat fishing” showcasing economic impact, participation numbers, and expenditures (page 162).

The 2021 Blue Economy Report was presented at the European Maritime Day (EMD) on 20 and 21 May, where experts, academics and policymakers got together to discuss recent developments in the blue economy and opportunities for a sustainable recovery. Over the two-day event, different panels touched upon interesting topics for the boating sector. Particular attention was directed towards ports and marinas, which were defined as “facilitators of economic growth” and “central to our transport plans within the EU and the rest of the world” as lockdown and travel restrictions are eased. Specifically, the importance of nautical tourism and activities developing around ports was mentioned, such as marinas, water sports and other nautical activities. In addition, the panel discussion stressed the need for policy coordination at European level, sharing of data and information, and closer cooperation on circular economy.

The full report can be found here.