Ocean Literacy and Surfing: Understanding How Interactions in Coastal Ecosystems Inform Blue Space User’s Awareness of the Ocean

Fox, Natalie and Marshall, Jamie and Dankel, Dorothy J. (2021) Ocean Literacy and Surfing: Understanding How Interactions in Coastal Ecosystems Inform Blue Space User’s Awareness of the Ocean. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (11). p. 5819. ISSN 1660-4601

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18115819

Abstract

Intergovernmental policy is targeting public ocean literacy to help achieve the societal changes needed to reach a sustainable ocean agenda within a 10-year timeframe. To create a culture of care for the ocean, which is under threat from Anthropocentric pressures, informed ocean citizens are central to upholding meaningful actions and best practices. This research focuses on recreational ocean users, specifically surfers and how their blue space activities may inform understanding of ocean processes and human-ocean interconnections. The Ocean Literacy Principles were used to assess ocean awareness through surfing interactions. An online survey questionnaire was completed by 249 participants and reduced to a smaller sample focus group. Qualitative and quantitative data were triangulated to develop further understanding of surfer experiences, using the social-ecological systems framework to model surfing outcomes. The results found that surfers indeed receive ocean literacy benefits, specifically three out of the seven Ocean Literacy Principles and that ocean literacy is a direct benefit many surfers in the sample group receive. By identifying synergies between the Ocean Literacy Principles, variables within coastal ecosystems and user (surfer) interactions, this research offers novel insight into opportunities for integrating ocean sustainability strategies through blue space activity mechanisms and coastal community engagement.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: ocean sustainability, human geography, oceans and human health, ocean literacy, blue space activity, marine social-ecological systems, surfing
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 16 May 2022 15:56
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 16:18
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707592

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