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Public Perceptions of the Irish Marine Environment

Stephen Hynes, Danny Norton and Rebecca Corless

No 160056, Working Papers from National University of Ireland, Galway, Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit

Abstract: This paper presents the results of a nationwide survey in Ireland that explored the values, concerns and preferences of individuals towards the Irish marine environment. The results of the Irish survey are also compared to the results from similar surveys carried out in other maritime countries in the EU. The views of the Irish public towards the seas and oceans around the Irish coast are relatively unknown. This is despite the fact that that Ireland has sovereign rights over 900,000km2 of seabed (which is an area 10 times the size of the land area of Ireland). The results of the Irish survey demonstrate a reasonable level of knowledge of the main threats facing Ireland’s marine environment and of the importance of non-market as well as market ecosystem services provided by the seas around the Irish coast. The results also suggest that the Irish public are sceptical of the ability of government and private industry to manage the Irish marine economy but instead place a large amount of trust in the competency of scientists. The perception of whether or not they consider where they live as being a coastal area would also suggest that the Irish public hold a much more narrow view of what constitutes a coastal area than that held by statistical agencies such as Eurostat.

Keywords: Environmental; Economics; and; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26
Date: 2013
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DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.160056

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