Marine Leisure and Education

Interaction with the marine as part of a leisure activity is known to be a positive health benefit for individuals and local communities

Increasingly, our coasts and maritime areas are being enjoyed by coastal communities, and local and international tourism. The Green Party believes in the benefits of such activities, including the health and economic benefits, but not at the cost of the very marine environment which provides those same benefits.

Key Policy Points

Expanding education opportunities to communities which further our understanding of sensitive marine environments.

Providing greater opportunities for schools to develop marine leisure activities and foster respect for our marine heritage.

Promote the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and facilitate its full implementation.

Providing adequate support to transition towards a circular economy.

Creating a marine leisurecraft register for vessels with motors of more than 3.5 kW.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the marine leisure industry.

Adopting appropriate regulations for boating activities within MPAs.

Support for research into the potential impacts of recreational activities (including angling, adventure sports, ecotours, etc.) on the marine environment.

Developing sustainable marine tourism which respects the health of the environment.

Policy passed: September 2022

UN Sustainable Development Goals: 3, 4, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16

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