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The Scarcity and vulnerability of surfing resources : an analysis of the value of surfing from a social economic perspective in Matosinhos, Portugal
The master thesis “The Scarcity and Vulnerability of Surfing Recourses - An Analysis of the Value of Surfing from a Social Economic Perspective in Matosinhos, Portugal”investigates the potential socioeconomic value of surfing and improvement of recreational ocean water for the City of Matosinhos. For that reason a beach survey was developed and carried out in order to find out about beach users activities, perceptions and demands.
Results showed that user activities were dominated by sunbathing/relaxation on the beach and surfing and body boarding in the water. The main environmental concern of beach users was water pollution. Furthermore, the thesis recommends including surfing breaks as natural and cultural recourses within future coastal management plans and investigates the possibilities for the implementation of a local beach management strategy for Matosinhos under the umbrella of Integrated Coastal Management in Portugal.