Portugal and its regions have a strong connection to the sea. This historical and cultural connection has a social and economic dimension which has evolved through the years. The sea is a place of discovery, work, business and leisure. The sea exploitation creates interest in the areas of health, fishing, shipbuilding industries, shipping and energy.
It is a feature that presents a significant potential economic value either through modernization and innovation of the so-called traditional maritime activities or through the emergence of new economic activities with high added value (in biotechnology, energy, robotics, etc.).