Kim, J. and Cho, D., 2014. Policy suggestion and implications for the use and management of bathing beaches.
In the Republic of Korea, beaches are the most popular holiday destination; approximately 70 million people visit beaches every year. The maintenance and management of beaches are deemed important because more than 50% of marine activities take place on at beaches. This paper reviews the status of Korean bathing beaches and addresses safety management, environmental pollution, and legal and institutional issues. In addition, policies for sustainable use and the maintenance of bathing beaches as well as the use of marine tourism attractions are proposed. The relevant laws and regulations urgently need to be modified for the effective use and management of bathing beaches. In addition, close cooperation with non-government organizations is needed for the safety management of bathing beaches. Safety measures and education to protect users from hazards such as rip currents and jellyfish, etc. need to be strongly implemented.