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Blue economy and sustainable use of marine resources

Semester 3

The aim of the course is to give a broad understanding for the critical balance between
economy and use, on the one hand, and ecosystem sustainability on the other hand, of
marine and maritime activities of major importance for the society. The course should
also be an introduction to how marine and maritime resources are owned and governed
at national, regional and global level, and how different commercial activities can affect
the marine environment and how they could be sustainably managed.
Specific contents are:
Economic growth and social, economic and ecological sustainability. Marine
governance systems. Laws and regulations of marine and maritime activities.
Environmental impact, management and regulations of international fisheries.
Industrial fisheries vs artisanal fisheries. Ecosystem based fishery management.
Opportunities and future challenges of shipping, off-shore industry, and expansion
into new environments. Impacts of deep-sea mining and development of the arctic.
Trends and challenges in marine tourism and recreation. Small-scale coastal
exploitation and leisure boating. Sustainable uses and new perspectives.
Potential and challenges with marine aquaculture. New products and research.
Legal and sustainability issues.
Legal, economic and ecological tools for a sustainable development. Monitoring
and status assessment of the marine environment. Valuation of ecosystem services,
polluter pays principles and ecological compensation.