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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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La importancia de invertir en el mar: la economía azul factura 750.000 M€ al año

Date: January 2, 2022


El cuidado del medio ambiente, la preocupación por el calentamiento global o el empeño por mantener los mares están a la orden del día. Estos problemas son los que van a marcar la agenda del futuro. También en el mundo de las inversiones, que no vive ajeno a esa realidad.

Los océanos son uno de los focos en los que se ha centrado el Pacto Verde y de los fondos europeos de recuperación que defienden proyectos dirigidos a ralentizar el calentamiento global, la sobrepesca, el plástico y la contaminación del agua. Todos estos problemas entran dentro del contexto de la economía azul. Según la definición de la Unión Europea, se trata de la economía que reconoce la importancia de los mares y océanos como motores de la economía por su gran potencial para la innovación y el crecimiento.

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Spain focuses on floating wind in 3GW offshore plan

Source: Windpower Montly website

Date: 14 December 2021

Spain’s central government has passed its national offshore wind power roadmap, rubber stamping a 1GW-3GW objective for installed capacity by 2030

Floating offshore wind would likely make up the majority of this build-out. Spain has no operational commercial-scale offshore wind farms today.

The roadmap also ringfences a €200 million public support package for offshore research and development (R&D), prototypes and pilots to the end of 2023.

If the higher 3GW figure is reached, that would represent 5% of the EU’s 60GW offshore wind target for 2030.

While seemingly a modest ambition for a country with over 28GW of onshore wind, the 124-page route map focuses almost exclusively on the burgeoning market of floating wind technologies, making a virtue out of Spain’s extreme water depths close to its 7,600km coastline.

Read the full article on the windPower monthly website:

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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.


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The WestMED Initiative presented by the Spanish National Hub at the international ‘Blue Mediterranean’ event in Cádiz, Spain

On 25 and 26 November, an international meeting was held in Cadiz between international and national experts, who shared their knowledge and experiences about the blue economy and their respective projects. This event was organised by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPA) in the framework of the Interreg MED MISTRAL project, with the support of the University of Cadiz, the Campus of International Global Excellence of the Sea (CEI-Mar) and the European University of the Seas (SEA-EU).

The event was structured in four blocks, each with a round table discussion. In the case of WestMED, it was explained by the national coordinator Lara Ventas, within the first round table (The International Context), where other initiatives and projects such as the Mistral project or the Blue economy in the Mediterranean were discussed.

In the second block (Mistral Project: Continuous Blue Innovation), our current National HUB in Spain, Marina Avilés, participated in a round table with representatives of Interreg MED, CNR and MARE A3 where each one gave their vision regarding blue growth in the Mediterranean from their projects or initiatives. In the case of WestMED, the priorities of the initiative were explained within the projects to achieve future objectives, the policies to which it is addressed and the stakeholders committed to the development of future actions.



Durante los días 25 y 26 de noviembre se celebró en Cádiz un encuentro internacional entre expertos internacionales y nacionales, quienes contaron sus conocimientos y experiencias acerca de la economía azul y sus respectivos proyectos. Este evento fue organizado por el Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentación (MAPA) en el marco del proyecto Interreg MED MISTRAL, junto con el apoyo de la Universidad de Cádiz, El Campus de Excelencia Internacional Global del Mar (CEI-Mar) y de la Universidad Europea de los Mares (SEA-EU).

El evento se estructuró en cuatro bloques, con una mesa redonda cada uno. En el caso de WestMED, fue explicado por la coordinadora nacional Lara Ventas, dentro de la primera mesa redonda (El Contexto Internacional), donde se hablaron de otras iniciativas y proyectos como el proyecto Mistral o la economía Azul dentro del Mediterráneo.

En el segundo bloque (Proyecto Mistral: Innovación azul continua), nuestra actual National HUB en España, Marina Avilés, participio en una mesa redonda con representantes de Interreg MED, CNR y MARE A3 donde cada uno dio su visión con respecto al crecimiento azul en el mediterráneo desde sus proyectos o iniciativas. En el caso de WestMED se explicaron las prioridades de la iniciativa dentro de los proyectos para conseguir objetivos de futuro, las políticas a las que se dirige y las partes interesadas comprometidas para el desarrollo de acciones futuras.



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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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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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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

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La economía azul genera 300.000 empleos en Andalucía

Source: Málago hoy

La economía azul, es decir, la relacionada con mares y océanos; genera en Andalucía 300.000 empleos y 17.000 millones de euros, lo que supone un 10,5% del PIB de la región, sólo dos puntos menos que el turismo. Estas son los principales datos que se extraen del informe La Economía Azul en Andalucía que ha elaborado la Confederación de Empresarios de Andalucía(CEA). 

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Take part in the Seabed 2030 survey – closes end of April 2021

Source: NLA International on behalf of Seabed 2030

Last year NLA International Ltd working on behalf of Seabed 2030, launched an online survey to find out more about the status and potential of mapping the ocean floor. The survey collected views from across all interested sectors to help us better understand issues such as:

  • Why stakeholders feel it is important to map the seabed.
  • How interested parties are estimating the environmental, social and economic value of seabed mapping.
  • Where are the most urgent priorities for seabed mapping.

All of this will help us to corroborate – or challenge – existing thinking, and hopefully identify any areas of the seabed that may benefit from a more joined-up / collaborative approach.

We have been really delighted with the responses thus far – we have received nearly 470 detailed responses to date – and are currently hard at work analysing the initial findings.

However, it is not too late to have your say! We will be keeping the survey open until the end of April, and we would be very grateful if you could contribute your views.

To access the survey, please click here.

More information

Read the article: Marine Geospatial Data: the Cornerstone of the Blue Eonomy

Read more about the seabed 2030 Initiuative:  100% of Ocean Floor mapped by 2030