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Press Release: Landing the blue bioeconomy, challenges and solutions

From the bounties of the sea to the endless power of blue energy, awareness of the blue bioeconomy is growing by the day. But one promising sector struggles to establish its ‘blue’ credentials and faces unique challenges largely because of one detail … it is an ‘out of sea’ experience. That sector is fish farming and mixed agri- and aquaculture.

Press Release: Multi-use ocean platforms: an emerging concept

In crowded seas such as those around the European Union – including, for example, the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and the Mediterranean – pressures on the environment are building and space is at a premium. In managing these areas, the interests of different economic sectors, including fishing, energy, shipping and tourism, must be considered.

Blue Bioeconomy Forum Pipeline of projects

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Event: European Blue Bioeconomy Forum (Amsterdam, 7 December 2018)

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An unsuspected economic engine: Marine Protected Areas

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Pioneering global framework for sustainable ocean finance launched at Our Ocean global summit

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Study to support impact assessment for options to reduce the level of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear

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Press Release: AGRIFISH Council: Ministers to discuss sustainable fishing opportunities, improved enforcement of fisheries rules and the proposal for the future EU Maritime and Fisheries Fund

The meeting of European agriculture and fisheries ministers on Monday 18 May will address a number of important issues for the EU maritime and fisheries policy.

Press Release: Ocean energy – A new source of green, blue power

On 14 June, European Commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries Karmenu Vella inaugurated the world’s first large assembling plant for tidal turbines and devices, built by Naval Energies in Cherbourg, France. Tidal energy is a form of hydropower, or ocean energy, whereby turbines convert the kinetic energy of the tides into electricity.

Press release: Black Sea countries pledge closer maritime cooperation as European Maritime Day 2018 kicks off in Burgas, Bulgaria

Commissioner Karmenu Vella is in Burgas, Bulgaria welcoming more than 1000 participants from the maritime sector for the 2018 edition of the European Maritime Day. For the first time since its conception, the European Maritime Day takes place in the Black Sea region.

Press Release: New proposal will tackle marine litter and “ghost fishing”

The European Commission has tabled an important legal proposal to tackle marine litter. By introducing new measures on single use plastics as well as derelict fishing gear, the proposal will contribute to Europe’s transition towards a Circular Economy.

Press Release: Blue Invest – EU plays business matchmaker for start-ups in the blue economy

Hundreds of innovative entrepreneurs and leading investors from across Europe are coming to Brussels today, looking for partners to create sustainable economic growth from our seas and oceans. Why? Because the European Commission is organising Blue Invest, the first-ever, EU-wide matchmaking event between start-ups and investors in the blue economy.

Press Release: World Ocean Summit: Sustainable Finance Principles launched to guide investments in the maritime economy

At the World Ocean Summit taking place in Mexico, the Commission launched in partnership with the European Investment Bank, the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and WWF the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles.

26th Meeting of the Maritime Policy Member State Experts Group (20 March 2018)

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EU Atlantic Action Plan: 6 billion euro of investments and counting

The EU’s 2013-2020 Atlantic Action Plan has spurred over 1200 new maritime projects and nearly 6 billion euro of investments so far, according to an independent consultant tasked by the EU to take stock of the initiative at mid-term. Most of the projects target environmental protection and innovation, as well as improved connectivity and social inclusion.

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