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Bring European Maritime Day to your country in 2022 – Deadline for the submission of events: 31 January 2022

EMD 2022, the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and sustainable blue growth, and the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’, will take place in Ravenna, Italy on 19 & 20 May 2022. As every year, this will not be the only action to celebrate our seas and oceans. EMD In My Country 2022 events will also take place all over Europe from 1 April till 31 October 2022.

In 2021, EMD In My Country – despite the pandemic – was a great success, with 232 virtual, physical and hybrid events, organised in 25 countries (21 EU and 4 non-EU countries), covering all the sea basins of the EU making an absolute record in the history of the European Maritime Day!

Are you ready to submit your event(s) for 2022?

Fill in the application form before 31 January 2022 and bring European Maritime Day 2022 to your country.

All the organisers will receive sustainable #EMD In My Country-branded gadgets and their events will be promoted via the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries’ information channels.

As the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, EMD In My Country 2022 will include physical, virtual and hybrid events that will take place from 1 April to 31 October 2022.

2022 will be the European Year of Youth, so we welcome plenty of events with a focus on youth activities.

Submit your application

Deadline: 31 January 2022.

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Mediterranean Supports ECA with Strict Sulfur Limits by 2025

Source: website
Date: December 13, 2021

The EU, together with countries from around the Mediterranean Sea, committed to further efforts to protect the environment around the Mediterranean, including moving to become a sulfur emissions control zone. By 2025, the Mediterranean could become the fourth emissions control area joining Northern Europe in the efforts to mandate the use of low sulfur marine fuels.

The decision came as part of a meeting of the members of the 25-year-old UN Barcelona Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean. The convention, which was first adopted in 1976, includes 22 parties with the EU and eight EU Mediterranean member states as well as cooperation from countries around the Mediterranean.

At the conclusion of last week’s meeting, the group voted to support the designation of a sulfur emissions control area (ECA) in the whole region. A broad range of NGOs had long been advocated for the action. Under the language accepted by the signatories of the convention, ships steaming through the Mediterranean would only use fuels containing low sulfur. It calls for a much stricter standard of just 0.1 percent versus the global standard and 0.5 percent sulfur levels presently.


Read the full article on the maritime-executive website

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Le Hub National OuestMED Tunisie a assisté au premier forum méditerranéen de l’économie bleue solidaire MedEBS

Le Hub National OuestMED Tunisie a assisté le 26 et 27 novembre au premier forum méditerranéen de l’économie bleue solidaire MedEBS à la faculté de médecine de Sousse. Le Forum MedEBS Sousse 2021 est le premier grand rendez-vous méditerranéen consacré à l’Economie Bleue Solidaire (EBS), après deux évènements annonciateurs, à Bizerte en septembre 2019 et à Barcelone en décembre 2020. Le Forum de Sousse entend promouvoir l’émergence d’une stratégie régionale de l’EBS afin de positionner le concept de l’EBS en Méditerranée et définir les chantiers prioritaires.

Economie sociale et solidaire (ESS) et économie bleue (EB) se font depuis près de dix ans une place croissante dans l’agenda international, notamment en Méditerranée. La plateforme de coopération iesMed (Barcelone) a imaginé dès 2017 la convergence des deux dynamiques, en faisant émerger, avec d’autres partenaires institutionnels et de la société civile, le concept global d’économie bleue solidaire.

Cette plateforme a misé depuis 2012 sur la Tunisie et c’est en 2019 que le concept a pris son essor et un premier atelier spécifique au Forum de la Mer de Bizerte a été organisé en septembre et la sélection en novembre par le gouvernement régional catalan, la Generalitat, de FEBS Cat, un projet pionnier visant la création d’un premier cluster EBS, en Méditerranée et à l’international.

Ce premier forum méditerranéen de l’économie bleue solidaire a été organisé par le Cluster EBS et le Cluster Maritime Tunisien en coordination avec la Municipalité de Sousse. Différents ateliers sectoriels ont eu lieu et concernent notamment la pêche et l’aquaculture l’économie bleue solidaire, le tourisme alternatif solidaire vecteur d’attractivité territoriale et l’économie circulaire solidaire au cœur de l’EBS. Des ateliers thématiques ont aussi été organisés autour des thèmes relatifs aux ports, iles, aires marines protégées, des futurs territoires bleus solidaires, à « l’académie EBS » éducation et formation aux nouveaux critères de l’EBS et nefin le cluster méditerranéen une co-construction.

Différentes plénières ont eu lieu et différentes conventions ont été signées dont notamment celle relative à la coopération entre le cluster maritime et l’université de Sousse.

Le Forum MedEBS a été ouvert par le gouverneur et le maire de Sousse et a regroupé plusieurs participants en présentiels et virtuels dont des universitaires, des centres de recherches, des fonctionnaires, des opérateurs, des artisans, des étudiants et surtout la société civile.

Contactez le Hub national Tunisie pour plus d’informations.

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A plan for the future of small-scale fisheries: the RPOA-SSF, 9 topics, 9 features

Source: FAO website
Date: 21 November 2021

As we are celebrating #WorldFisheriesDay today, the GFCM would like you to meet some of the Mediterranean and the Black Sea fishers and fish workers involved in making small-scale fisheries more sustainable.

It really is hard to overstate the importance of the small-scale fisheries that make up 80% of the fleet in the Mediterranean and Black Sea.

The facts speak for themselves: 

  • 71 400 vessels
  • 127 000 on-board jobs
  • 300 000 shore-based livelihoods
  • USD 1 billion first sales
  • USD 2.7 billion wider economic impact

Nevertheless, as impressive as these figures are, they don’t show the human dimension behind them. 

What they don’t show is the families that have worked together for generations, the living communities that small-scale fishers underpin, the unique regional cultures which their traditions have animated over hundreds of years.

The Regional Plan of Action for Small-Scale Fisheries in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea (RPOA-SSF) is the GFCM’s ambitious 10-year roadmap (2018-2028) to create a sustainable future for these coastal communities. 

In 9 chapters, it details a set of specific, prescriptive and concrete actions: it’s a vehicle to the future which will set small-scale fisheries on a path to long-term environmental, economic and social sustainability around the Mediterranean and the Black Sea.


Read the full article on the FAO website

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Blue Invest Africa: Call for pitchers open | Deadline 19 December 2021 | Republic of Seychelles


  • 5 December 2021 – deadline for pitchers
  • 15-16 March 2022 – Blue Invest Africa
  • 14 March 22 “Behind the Doors” event (for investors, upon invitation only)


This event is organised by the European Union in collaboration with the Government of the Republic of Seychelles and Under the high patronage of H.E. Wavel Ramkalawan, President of the Republic of Seychelles.

BlueInvest Africa targets the registered African start-up business companies that are already operating in the various sub-sectors of the blue economy; it targets as well the African Small Micro and Medium sized businesses (SMMEs) not yet officially established in an African country but bearing an innovative idea subject to further commercial development within the African market.

For start-up companies and SMMEs, BlueInvest Africa will provide: 

  • A unique opportunity to meet other African project holders and SMMEs engaged in blue actions;
  • A platform for receiving direct advices from several captains of industry operating in Africa;
  • Several side-events on access to financing; award for pitchers; direct contacts with development banks and other financial institutions;
  • Coaching and mentoring sessions, networking at large;

For investors:  

  • Company publicly named and advertised by the event organiser in the blue business;
  • Business opportunities to invest in blue economic projects for sustainable livelihoods;
  • A unique event for appraising the climate of African business;
  • A direct access to the African countries which already geared up their blue business agenda;
  • European and African entrepreneurs for joint future business opportunities.

More information (including the agenda and registration): visit the blueinvest Africa website 

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Major knowledge transfer during the 3rd WestMED stakeholder Conference invigorates sustainable blue growth in the western Mediterranean.

On November 9 2021, the 3rd WestMED Stakeholder Conference took place in Rome, Italy.

Co-organised with the Italian ministry of Foreign affairs, this event attracted close to 300 registrations and featured 30 experts covering the latest policy, funding and sectoral developments.

Corridors for sustainable development
The title ‘corridors to sustainable blue Development,’ reflected the essence by highlighting the state-of-play and opportunities in the western Mediterranean sea basin with a specific focus on aquaculture, sustainable tourism, green shipping, maritime clusters and maritime skill development.

These topics align with the main priority areas supported by the WestMED assistance Mechanism and are based on the feedback and needs identified in the WestMED maritime community.

Five exemplary projects
For the first time, the WestMED Best Project Awards were  handed out. Fifty-four highly interesting and valuable projects from both shores (North and South) entered the competition.

An expert jury consisting of Alessandra Sensi and Mohammed Al shakran (UfM),  Mercedes Acitores (INTERACT) and Julia Manning (EBRD) made the final selection based on impact and replicability.

Sicomar Plus was awarded in the category ‘Biodiversity, Marine Habitat Conservation and Response to Marine Pollution.’ Website Sicomar plus

BiovecQ was awarded in the category  ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production.’ Website BiovecQ

Starfish 4.0 was awarded in the category ‘Sustainable Fisheries, Aquaculture and Coastal Community Development.’  Website Starfish 4.0

BlueSkills and the Algeria Startup Challenge were both awarded in the category Skill Development and Circulation.’  Website BlueSkills | website Algeria startup challenge

Live streamed
The event was in a hybrid form with approximately 75 people in the room itself with dynamic (face-masked) networking between attendants, live-streamed  to the international online maritime community and simulteanously translated in both English and French.

The recording and the PowerPoint slides used of this event will be available soon on this website – and can be found on the dedicated conference 2021 page

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“Algeria startups challenge” décroche le prix “Westmed” à Rome

Source: algerie presse service
Date: 10 novembre 2021

L’équipe Leancubator a pris part à cet évènement, organisé en marge de la conférence régionale “Westmed” qui a eu lieu mardi à Rome, pour présenter, devant un jury, leur activité “Foodtech -Aquatech challenge” tenue dans le cadre de la troisième édition d’Algeria Startup Challenge.

Le jury était composé d’experts internationaux issus des 10 pays de la région, à savoir l’Italie, le Portugal, l’Espagne, Malte, la France, l’Algérie, la Libye, la Mauritanie, le Maroc et la Tunisie.

Pour rappel, le programme “Foodtech Startup Challenge” s’est déroulé du 5 mars au 17 mai 2021 et a permis l’accompagnement de 24 startups algériennes dans le domaine de la biotechnologie en aquaculture, l’optimisation de l’utilisation des ressources halieutiques, l’aquaponie, les équipements et techniques de construction navale.

En lire plus sur le site web algérie presse service

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Call: Free transnational on-demand access to expertise, training and methodologies related to marine threats and observations in the Mediterranean sea | Deadline: 8 November 2021

sharemed call posterSHAREMED partners are launching this innovative initiative for practical marine research collaboration activities with Mediterranean institutions. This is a unique opportunity to boost your research by taking one or more offers that are presented in this Call for Transnational On-Demand Access. This will match you to a SHAREMED project partner and provide you with expertise, training and sharing of methodologies and operational models and systems.

It is all free, paid to you by SHAREMED.

Just visit our dedicated website directly through

or through the project website  to read the details and apply.

Deadline for application is 8th November 2021. Follow the simple online application, click your preferred offer on the list and let the process play. We will contact you and serve your demand.

Eligibility criteria apply and applications will be assessed by a project selection panel.

This is the SHAREMED way of doing capitalisation through sharing and exploiting expertise, technology and know-how by joining efforts and resources to do things together.

For any further information or queries, please contact Prof. Aldo Drago

Coordinator of this capitalisation activity

( or

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Le Hub National OuestMED Tunisie a présenté l’Initiative au Forum de la Mer 2021, Bizerte

Le Hub National Tunisie a participé le 24 et 25 septembre 2021 au Forum Mondial de la Mer à Bizerte.

Plusieurs personnalités ont assisté à l’ouverture officielle de ce forum dont le chef de cabinet du commissaire européen de l’environnement, de l’océan et de la pêche, le secrétaire général de l’UpM, les ministres de la mer de la France et du Portugal, le prince de Monaco, la délégation de l’Union Européenne à Tunis, plusieurs ministres tunisiens, des parlementaires, des organisations internationales et régionales, des instituts de recherche, des universitaires, des associations et beaucoup d’autres personnalités tunisiennes et étrangères.

Plusieurs présentations de haut niveau ont été discutées durant ce Forum concernant des thèmes relatifs à l’Europe et la Méditerranée, aux initiatives et projets, aux témoignages, pour un parlement méditerranéen de la mer, préserver la biodiversité marine et côtière de la méditerranée, à la recherche au service de la biodiversité marine, lutter contre toutes les pollutions marines et les nouvelles exigences du transport maritime. Les différentes interventions étaient en présentiels et à distance.

Le Hub National a présenté l’évolution du secteur du transport et de la logistique et son rôle dans la progression des échanges mondiaux des marchandises puisqu’il assure le déplacement de 90% de ces échanges. Toutefois, de par son utilisation du fioul lourd (250MTonnes/an) le transport maritime est très polluant et dégage des quantités de plus en plus importantes de particules d’oxyde d’azote et de dioxyde de soufre éjectées dans l’atmosphère et finissent dans les océans et les mers. Le HN a présenté le projet Westmed et les travaux du groupe technique sur le transport propre et dont l’objectif est de limiter les effets polluants du transport maritime et ce par la généralisation du LNG au lieu du fioul lourd.

A la demande de la délégation de l’Union Européenne à Tunis le HN a installé un stand dans la zone piétonne du port de pêche de Bizerte situé au centre de la ville. Tous les projets de l’UE et autres ont été appelés à participer à ce village environnemental par des stands pour montrer le rôle de ces projets dans la lutte contre la pollution marine, maritime et côtière.

Salem Milada - stand Forum de la Mer

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The WestMED Maritime Cluster Alliance helps pave the way for establishing a Mauritanian Maritime Cluster

In the framework of the activities of the WestMED Maritime Clusters Alliance, and thanks to the organization of the WestMED Mauritanian National Coordinator and National Hub, the first event aimed at the establishment of a Maritime Cluster in Mauritania, has shown the importance of such a process in the growth and consolidation of local ecosystems for the Blue Economy and beyond.

Taking inspiration from the good practices from Tunisia, with its CMT (Cluster Maritime Tunisien), the participation of the Secretary General of the Union of Arab Maghreb and the President of the Central African Francophone Maritime Cluster (together with the main European networks of maritime clusters – ENMC, ECA), well represents the significance of a joint undertaking of the same challenge at regional level.

Countries where this process is at its early stage, find a strong support in this common effort and the requests expressed by the Mauritanian actors, during the networking session, have clearly underlined the need for support: institutional anchoring, sustainable model for clusters establishment and development, financial resources to encourage research &i nnovation, progressive inclusion of local ecosystems in European supply chains (towards Euro-Mediterranean ones).

The WestMED Maritime Clusters Alliance, through its inclusive activities, is going to ensure and facilitate suitable answers to this capacity building demand, within South-South and also North-South through actions/partnerships/projects.

The next event related to this topic, during event during the SEAFUTURE 2021, will mark another step of this ongoing process, in the same direction.

More information
Download the background information and agenda of the workshop here