Citizens and the Sea: a pan-European Survey on Oceans and Human Health

03 June 2020

We are delighted to publish our report, ‘Citizens and the Sea’. The report compiles the results of the first ever pan-European survey on Oceans and Human Health, and summarises the opinions of >14,000 European citizens from 14 countries.

The survey was carried out in the scope of the Seas Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE) project, in collaboration with the University of Exeter and the National University of Ireland Galway.

The survey asked people about their contact with marine environments, their perceptions about the economic, environmental and public health impact of a range of marine activities,

This information will help us to understand the beliefs and perceptions in different groups and cultures across Europe, at least at the time the survey was carried out (Spring-Summer 2019).

The responses from the survey will help inform policy makers about the aspirations and fears of the public, and, in turn, may provide information to help decision makers balance the needs of economic development, environmental protection, and public health and wellbeing.

More outputs from the survey will be forthcoming on the SOPHIE website.

Download the full report