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Conference: Innovation in fisheries areas, Vigo, Spain

19 October 2010

"Make European Maritime Areas places of Innovation and Development", is the message that the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) and the Directorate General of Regional Policy (DG REGIO) delivered during the conference "Innovation in Fisheries Areas" which took place on 19 October 2010 in Vigo in Spain.

More than 100 stakeholders comprising European institutional partners, experts and project leaders from across the EU did attend the conference, which highlighted the innovative initiatives in fisheries and maritime areas the importance of innovation for boosting development in EU coastal communities.

Discussions were organised in four thematic Round Tables:

  • New Information and Communication Technologies in the fishing industry
  • Renewable energy in coastal areas
  • Fishing and coastal tourism and other economic activities derived from this
  • Fishing, aquaculture and industrial processes

Opening Session (09:00 – 10:00)

  • MR RUDOLF NIESSLER, European Commission, Directorate General Regional Policy
  • MR ERNESTO PENAS LADO, European Commission, Directorate General Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • MS ELENA ESPINOSA MANGANA, Spanish Minister of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs
  • MR ALBERTO NUÑEZ FEIJOO, President of the Government of Galicia
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    PROF. DOMINIQUE FORAY, Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Panel Discussion I: Information, communication and technologies in the fisheries industries (10:00 – 11:30)

Moderated by MR SLAWOMIR TOKARSKI, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

1. ICT innovations in fisheries sector: the experience of the Dutch Fisheries Innovation Platform – The Netherlands – EFF project
Speaker: MR FRANS VROEGOP, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and Secretary of the Dutch Fisheries Innovation Platform - Presentation pdf - 542 KB [542 KB]
The Netherlands developed a structured policy to drive innovation in the North Sea and push the sea fisheries sector forward by using the measures of the Fisheries Innovation Platform and of the fishermen in study groups.

2. ICT tools for the fishery industry in the Baltic Sea – Region Ostrobothnia – Finland – EFF project
Speaker: MR GUY SVANBÄCK, Manager, Ostrobothnian Fisheries Association, Ostrobothnia - Presentation pdf - 491 KB [491 KB]
Testing of innovative devices to minimise damage caused by seals to the coastal fishery. The aim is to contribute to better fish catches for fishermen and to recover the profitability in coastal fisheries.

3. IT knowledge management for the Fish Cluster in Galicia – Spain – ERDF project
Speaker: DR JOSÉ CABANELAS OMIL, Professor at Vigo University - Presentation pdf - 124 KB [124 KB] español (es) The project focuses on social innovation and introduces the cluster as an industrial and social community projected towards agents and prescribers.


 4. “Ports Viewer” project to assess infrastructure investment in fishing ports – Spain – FIFG/EFF project
Speaker: MR JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ SERRANO, Deputy Director General, Secretaría del Mar - Presentation pdf - 5 MB [5 MB] español (es) The project consists of geo-referenced EU aid received in Spanish fishing ports allowing economic analysis of using financial aid in fishing ports.

5. Round table discussion

Panel Discussion II: Energy and Environment – Renewable energy in coastal areas (11:50 – 13:20)

Moderated by MR MIKEL LANDABASO, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Regional Policy

1. Project on wave energy generation in Cornwall County – United Kingdom – ERDF project
Speaker: MR TIM GERMAN, Green Cornwall Programme, Environment Planning & Economy – Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
The Wave Hub project off the north coast of Cornwall is a world-leading innovation project combining the commercial production of renewable electricity and the final operational testing of new wave energy technology.

2. Azores Pico Station wave energy generation project: Portuguese Outermost region – ERDF project
Speaker: DR ANA BRITO E MELO, Senior staff of the Wave Energy Centre, Secretary of the Implementing Agreement on Ocean Energy of the International Energy Agency – Presentation pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]
The 400 kW wave energy pilot plant on the Island of Pico, Azores was conceived in the nineties by a European consortium under the coordination of IST. The operational experience acquired by WavEC contributed to the accumulation of essential know-how for the creation of a national competence centre for OWC technology.

3. “ITSASOA” project on the use bio-fuels by fishing vessels – France – EFF project
Speaker: MR FRÉDÉRIC PERRIN, Project manager, I.F.H.V.P. – Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
This project aims to develop a network to reduce energy consumption in fisheries areas, by developing a short recovery chain for pure plant oils and using them in fishing vessels as bio-fuels.

 4. Project “SkySails-System” for fishing trawlers. "First Fishing Trawler Sets Sail" – Germany – EFF project
Speaker: MR FABIAN JÜRS, Team Leader Sales – Zeppelin-skysails – Presentation pdf - 605 KB [605 KB]
A fishing vessel will be equipped with a SkySails-System in order to test and develop the System for fishing vessels under realistic, on board conditions to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. This innovative project focuses on the technical, operational and financial aspects of the System.

5.  Round table discussion

Panel Discussion III: Coastal, fishing tourism and other activities of economic diversification

Moderated by MR DAMIEN PERISSÉ, Director CRPM (14:30 – 16:00)

1. Coastal tourism development strategy for Saint-Martin – Saint-Martin Collectivity – French Outermost region
Speaker: MR DANIEL GIBBS, First Vice-President of Saint-Martin collectivity – Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] français (fr)
Saint-Martin has two waterfronts, one over the sea and the other over the lagoon, which explains the two projects for the enhancement of these territories. One is a large scale planning of the coastal zone and the other is the establishment of an innovative fishing harbor.

2. Economic diversification experience of Region Marche, Italy – EFF/ERDF projects
Speaker: MR GIACOMO CANDI, Fishery and Aquaculture Officer, Marche Region – Presentation pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]
Marche Region is implementing a strategy for the diversification of its tourist offer, with a focus on the enhancement of maritime culture as a constitutive element of the cultural identity of the region. Its aim is to rediscover, preserve and enhance the Adriatic’s maritime culture and heritage and to promote fishing tourism through a strategy shared with other Italian and Balkan regions bordering the Adriatic Sea.

3. Fishing tourism and economic diversification managed by women shellfish gatherers – Spain – EFF projects
Speakers: MS MARÍA XOSÉ CACABELOS DOMÍNGUEZ, mariscadoras association of Cambados – Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB] español (es)
and MS SUSANA GONZÁLEZ ÁLVAREZ, mariscadoras association of Baiona Several female shellfish gatherers associations are managing innovative projects of economic diversification and valorisation of their products, such as the "Gimatour" and the "Delicatessen of percebe" projects.

4. Diversification and aquaculture innovation in inland waters – EFF project
Speaker: MR ING. PAVEL KOZÁK, University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic – Presentation pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]
These pilot projects focus on testing innovative technologies under conditions close to those of production, with the aim of obtaining technical and economic knowledge of new technologies.

5. Round table discussion

Panel Discussion IV: Fishing, aquaculture and fish processing industries (16:30 – 18:00)

Moderated by MS VERONIKA VEITS, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

1. European Fisheries Technology Platform
Speaker: MS ROSA FERNANDEZ, CETMAR Technical Secretariat EFTP, Spain – Presentation pdf - 318 KB [318 KB]
EFTP is an open initiative of a number of stakeholders in the European Fisheries sector aiming to design and implement a strategy for technological research and innovation and, through this, to boost the competitiveness and sustainability of this sector.

2. Prototype designs for valorisation in the fish value chain – Spain – FIFG project
Speaker: DR EDUARDO OLEAGA, AZTI – Presentation pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]
To compete in the changing fisheries market, innovation is the key business lever. Azti-Tecnalia promotes new technologies to increase the value of fish, with a focus on the automation of the tuna fishing industry and the automatic classification of fish by sex.

3. Innovation and Seafood Development Centre BIM – Ireland – FIFG/EFF project
Speaker: DR SUSAN STEELE, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) – Presentation pdf - 442 KB [442 KB]
In October 2009, BIM opened a facility dedicated to seafood development called the Seafood Development Centre. This centre aims to increase innovation and value in the Irish Seafood Industry.

4. Project INTERACTT: Interregional Action for Technology Transfer in Aquaculture – Canary and Azores Islands and Greece – ERDF project
Speaker: DR NIKOS PAPANDROULAKIS, Researcher, Institute of Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research – Presentation pdf - 450 KB [450 KB]
InteRAcTT aims to transfer green hatchery technology from Crete to the Canary Islands and Madeira local aquaculture sector. It also promotes collaboration between Public Sector, R&D Centres and SMEs at both an Inter-Regional and Intra-Regional level.

       5. Round table discussion

Closing session / remarks by DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and DG Regional Policy (18:00 -18:30)

Mr. R. NIESSLER, European Commission, Directorate General Regional Policy, Ms E. ESPINOSA MANGANA, Spanish Minister of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs and Mr. A. NUÑEZ FEIJOO, President of the Government of Galicia
From left: Mr. R. NIESSLER, European Commission, Directorate General Regional Policy, Ms E. ESPINOSA MANGANA, Spanish Minister of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs and Mr. A. NUÑEZ FEIJOO, President of the Government of Galicia

Ms E. ESPINOSA MANGANA, Spanish Minister of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, Mr. A. NUÑEZ FEIJOO, President of the Government of Galicia and Mr. E. PENAS LADO, European Commission, Directorate General Maritime Affairs and Fisheries 
From left: Ms E. ESPINOSA MANGANA, Spanish Minister of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs, Mr. A. NUÑEZ FEIJOO, President of the Government of Galicia and Mr. E. PENAS LADO, European Commission, Directorate General Maritime Affairs and Fisheries