Blue economy sectors

The numerous recreational and leisure activities are the main tourist attractions, where recreational boating activities and maritime-tourist activities (e.g. cruises, diving, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, sport fishing) and nature tourism (e.g. hiking) (Bentz et al., 2016a, Bentz et al., 2016b).

The expression “surrounded by nature on all sides” could well be used to typify the Region of the Azores. The archipelago offers unique conditions for the development of nature tourism, thanks to its unique natural heritage, which shed its influence on an architectural and cultural heritage full of idiosyncrasies. This heritage has been preserved and classified and includes marine biodiversity, flora and fauna, volcanic cavities and geoparks, parks and botanical gardens, as well as other natural resources unique to each island. All this bio and geodiversities, together with the traditional towns and villages of the Azores, present unique opportunities for nature tourism.

Examples of quality and wealth waiting to be explored include thematic tourist routes, such as those dedicated to wine, volcanoes or hot springs, pedestrian paths outlined by breathtaking natural landscapes, diving and fantastic golf courses overlooking the sea and the mountain. Ideal place to enjoy different experiences in natural environment, the Azores are also the stage of choice for other activities not to be missed, such as geocaching, whale watching, bird watching, diving, hiking and canyoning.

The aquaculture industry contributes to the creation of new aquaculture market niches, providing opportunities for social development, without increasing the pressure on fish resources.

However, the biological characteristics of the waters of the Azores advise the implementation of a regime that takes into account their specificities in both installation and operation of the aquaculture production units in the Region.

The strategy for the sustainable development of aquaculture based in quality products and limited quantities and without degrading the environment. The aim is to create conditions for the sustainable development of aquaculture of salt, brackish or sweet water species, appropriate to the existing natural conditions in the Region.

The need to develop aquaculture in the Region makes it possible to set up experimental or scientific projects to enable pilot sites to be installed on shore or sea, simplifying the procedures for installation and operation.

Short description

Short description

In the legendary plan, there are those who intend to associate the Azores with Atlantis, the mythical insular kingdom quoted by the philosopher Plato. Historically there are references to nine islands in approximate locations of the Azoreans in the...

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Local Working group

Local Working group

The following partners are involved in the study of Azores: FCiencias.ID (Island Focal Point) The following local stakeholders have declared their interest in participating in the local study of the Azores islands in the frame of the Soclimpact...

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