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Green Boating

Nordic boat owners' attitudes towards boating in the Baltic Sea

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The coastal and archipelago areas in the Baltic Sea are popular destinations for a number of tourists. An important group of tourists is boaters, who visit the coastal areas during a short summer period. Boat owners are sometimes pictured as having a great interest for the nature and a willingness to do right. Pollution from pleasure boats such as discharges of oil and fuel, antifouling paints and cleaning agents have a negative impact on the coastal environment. Environmentally sound alternatives exist to some extent, but are not very common. Sustainable alternatives for boaters are lacking behind. One of the underlying purposes of this study was to understand how we can help boat owners change their behaviour and decrease the negative impact on the marine environment. The survey among boaters has been conducted in Finland, Sweden and Denmark with a web based survey ordered by the Keep Sweden Tidy Foundation together with Keep the Archipelago Tidy Association in Finland and the Danish Outdoor Council. The research was performed by SIFO Research International.

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Hypothesis driven questions

In this third and last section, different hypothesis will be tested. In order to gain a deeper understanding of how boat owners perceive the impact on the marine environment by their activities, some further analysis were done. Briefly, it is hypothesized that factors such as respondents’ age, gender, type of boat and specific attitude towards environmental labeling, such as Blue Flag, will affect the respondents overall attitude towards the marine environment. There is one additional analysis performed that is directly related to what type of boat the respondents owned.

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