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The Blue New Deal wants to bring together a range of economic sectors, organisations and individuals committed to the Blue New Deal vision, to generate ideas and develop an action plan that will help turn this vision into a reality.

Hear from some of these coastal actors below:

 

Nicola Radford, Principal Development Officer (Coastal) for Lincolnshire County Council, on behalf of the Coastal Communities Alliance:

“The Blue New Deal is a welcomed initiative to help raise awareness of the various issues coastal communities in the UK face today. We look forward to engaging with the initiative and exploring the many opportunities to deliver socio-economic prosperity to coastal communities through better management of our marine environment.”

 

Niall Benson, Chair of the Coastal Partnerships Network:

“We are looking forward to engaging with the Blue New Deal initiative and to exploring opportunities for enhancing the integration and management of policies and activities on our coasts. The active involvement of our coastal communities is essential to the better management of our coastal and marine resources not just locally but also nationally, for the benefit of society, our economy and our environment, now and into the future”

 

A spokesman for the New Under Ten Fishermen’s Association:

“We look forward to engaging with the Blue New Deal initiative and exploring ways in which we can better support fishing communities across the country. Better interaction between the inshore fishing sector and other sectors in coastal economies can ensure better management of our marine resources and the longevity of the inshore fishing sector in the UK, benefiting entire communities.”

 

David Jarrad, Director of the Shellfish Association of Great Britain:

“There is huge potential for shellfish aquaculture businesses to develop in the UK, supporting jobs and helping take the pressure off wild fish stocks, so that they can recover. We look forward to engaging with the Blue New Deal initiative and exploring opportunities to help develop this sector in a sustainable way.”

 

David Mitchell, Angling Trust:

“The potential for coastal communities suffering from deprivation to reinvent themselves as recreational sea fishing resorts is huge. Sea angling in England currently supports around 24,000 jobs and a huge number of other benefits despite many of the fish stocks on which it relies being depleted. We look forward to engaging with the Blue New Deal initiative and exploring solutions to restore and better manage our fish stocks, supporting sustainable recreational fisheries to the benefit of coastal communities.”

 

RenewableUK’s Director of Offshore Renewables, Nick Medic:

“In the UK, offshore wind and marine renewables have huge potential and we have only just started to reap its many benefits in terms of thousands of green jobs and home-grown clean energy. Offshore wind alone currently supplies around 5% of the UK’s electricity needs, and this is set to double by 2020. The Blue New Deal initiative is a welcome contribution to how these assets can be used to regenerate and strengthen coastal communities around the country.”

 

Renewable Energy Association:

“The UK has an opportunity to be a world-leader in the wave and tidal energy sectors whilst benefiting from these renewable energy sources, abundant in our waters, to support a low-carbon more resilient future. We look forward to engaging with the Blue New Deal initiative and exploring opportunities to help these industries flourish, supporting more jobs and benefiting communities across the country.”

 

The National Coastal Tourism Academy:

“The National Coastal Tourism Academy welcomes the launch of the Blue New Deal initiative – a healthy marine environment is an essential part of coastal tourism and needed to realise its potential; leading to regenerated communities through economic growth and employment. We look forward to engaging with NEF and its Blue New Deal initiative; exploring ways in which we can support and sustainably grow the sector to the benefit of coastal communities.”