Economic, social and environmental impact assessment of MSP for UK marine-related industries

Simon James Mair, Alberto Roca Florido*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Effective coordination of activities within marine areas is crucial for achieving
economic, social, and environmental goals. However, the socio-economic and
environmental objectives of the marine economy often come into conflict.
Consequently, policy tools, such as Marine Spatial Planning, need to confront and
manage these conflicts. In this paper, we provide empirical insights into conflicts
between the marine economy and the marine environment by constructing a highly detailed marine input-output model for the United Kingdom. The model has 20 marine focussed sectors, including 8 fishing fleet segments. We apply the model to an empirical analysis of potential conflicts between greenhouse emissions, employment, and gross value added in marine-focussed industries. On the basis of this empirical work, we identify various clusters of marine sectors with different connections between environmental and socio-economic objectives and propose different policy approaches to them. By examining these clusters, marine planners can better understand how their marine policies affect communities and the environment on a larger scale and prioritise their efforts accordingly.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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