Maritime and coastal heritage | Compendium Coast and Sea

Maritime and coastal heritage

Maritime and coastal heritage includes maritime archaeological heritage in the sea as well as on land, historical fleet, architectural heritage which is typical of the coastal zone, coastal landscapes with heritage value, maritime movable heritage and intangible maritime heritage. Comprehensive works that cover these maritime heritage themes for the Belgian part of the North Sea (BNS) and the adjacent coastal area do not exist. Moreover, overview works that deal with a particular aspect of maritime heritage in an integrated way, beyond artificial and variable limits (legal, physical or disciplinary), are not available either. In the ‘Thematic chapter’, an overview is given of the scientific knowledge, socioeconomic data and legal aspects of the user function ‘Maritime and coastal heritage’ for the BNS and the adjacent coastal area. The international, federal and Flemish legislation applicable to this activity is discussed in more detail under ‘Legislation’. More information about the available expertise regarding aquaculture within the Belgian marine research groups and their relevant research infrastructure can be consulted by clicking ‘Research groups’ and ‘Infrastructure’, respectively.