Maritime Clusters and the Ocean Economy: An Integrated Approach to Managing Coastal and Marine Space, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Maritime Clusters and the Ocean Economy

An Integrated Approach to Managing Coastal and Marine Space, 1st Edition

By Peter B. Myles


274 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Over the last decade the concept of clustering has become a central idea for analyzing the competitiveness of nations, industries and firms. This book shows how the cluster concept can be usefully applied to the study of maritime activities.

Such activities, including shipping, shipbuilding and port and maritime services, are clearly geographically concentrated in a number of maritime clusters. However, as the author shows, these are having to compete with other uses of the coasts and oceans including capture fisheries, marine aquaculture, offshore energy and tourism. Sound governance and planning is therefore required to manage the competing claims for ocean space. The book shows how competing industries and other stakeholders can cooperate and benefit from an integrated approach to the development of maritime clusters.

The contribution of approaches such as integrated coastal zone management and innovations such as ocean business councils, as well as coordinated networks of maritime clusters are reviewed. Case studies are included from around the world, including detailed examples of the development of the Nelson Mandela Bay Maritime Cluster in South Africa and from Poland in the Baltic Sea.

Table of Contents

1. Collaborative Economic Development

2. The Growing Multi-Use Ocean

3. Management Strategies within a MSP Framework

4. Managing Conflicts of Interest

5. Marine and Coastal Aquaculture

6. Marine Renewable Energy in the Context of Sustainable Oceans

7. Integrated Coastal Zone Management

8. Small Island Developing States (SIDS)

9. Ocean Governance and the Blue Economy

10. The Ocean Business Community

11. Organized Ocean Business

12. Tourism in Coastal Areas

13. Maritime Clusters Cooperating to Compete

14. Constructing a Local Maritime Cluster

15. Maritime Cluster Networks

16. Clusters and Stewardship

About the Author

Peter B. Myles is an International Tourism Consultant, and Owner and Founder of Tournet Africa, based in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was responsible for developing the first module on coastal and marine tourism in Africa included in the postgraduate BCom (Tourism) Honours program offered at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa. He is currently Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Bay Maritime Cluster.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Ecosystems & Habitats / Oceans & Seas
SCIENCE / Environmental Science