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ISSN : 2315-084X
European Commission Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
In this issue - 31 March 2017

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European Commission secures 10-year pledge to save Mediterranean fish stocks
Following months of negotiations, the European Commission has secured today a 10-year pledge to save the Mediterranean fish stocks and protect the region's ecological and economic wealth.
Mapping priorities and actions for maritime/marine spatial planning worldwide: a joint roadmap
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC/UNESCO) and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission (DG MARE) adopted on 24/03/2017 a "Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide". The roadmap identifies common challenges and proposals for actions to be implemented in the coming years, reaching out for collaboration with other UN bodies and Member States.
Commissioner Vella visits Joint Research Centre in Ispra
Commissioner Karmenu Vella, responsible for Environment, Maritime affairs and Fisheries visited the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's in-house scientific body, in Ispra, Italy this week.
Calling all small-scale fishermen!
Are you a small-scale coastal fisherman? Then we have just published a leaflet that could interest you!
Galileo Search and Rescue
The Galileo satellite navigation programme which was launched in December 2016 offers a new service which is aimed to help Search And Rescue (SAR) operations.
Commission presents first ever multi-annual fisheries plan in the Mediterranean
Today, Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Karmenu Vella presented to Ministers at the AGRIFISH Council the Adriatic Sea multi-annual plan for small pelagic fisheries, namely for anchovy and sardines.
Let's celebrate the 10th European Maritime Day
The 10th European Maritime Day will be held in Poole, UK (18 & 19 May 2017). It will be followed by the Poole Maritime Festival (15-21 May 2017), dedicated to engaging the general public and celebrating Poole and Dorset's local maritime heritage and environment. If you will not be able to come to Poole, check the list with the 27 EMD events across the EU to spot an event near you to celebrate the 10th European Maritime Day.
Blue Growth in action
EMFF projects funded under the 2016 "Blue careers", "Blue labs" and "Blue technology" calls for proposals are kicking-off their activities.

My Ocean is #OurOcean
My Ocean is #OurOcean
After the United States of America and Chile, the European Union is proud to host the 4th edition of the "Our Ocean" conference, at the initiative of High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella.
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7 - 10 October 2017
25 - 27 April 2017
Seafood Expo Global 2017
18 - 19 May 2017
European Maritime Day 2017
Publications and studies
Support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)
A four-page leaflet on opportunities for small-scale coastal fishermen in the EMFF.
EUMOFA Monthly Highlights n°2/2017
First sales in Europe – overall in 2016, the revenues of EU fisheries were higher, albeit with lower volumes of fish landed. In 2016, the top species were: Norway lobster, sole, herring, mackerel, monk, scallop, hake and cod.
Funding opportunities
14 December 2016 - 28 April 2017
Call for proposals: Maritime Spatial Planning - MSP
17 March - 15 June 2017
Call for proposals: Implementation of the Common Information Sharing Environment (CISE) for the EU maritime domain: Ensuring interoperability of National IT Systems to allow for more efficient information exchange within and across borders
9 February - 6 April 2017
Call for tender: EASME/EMFF/2016/022: Inter-institutional Service Framework Contract for Maritime Security and Surveillance Expertise
In depth
Our Ocean 2017
It is Malta's turn this year to go centre stage, with a truly international event. On October 5th and 6th the island will host the 2017 edition of "Our Ocean" – the yearly appointment for leaders, public administrators and businesspeople from all over the globe to interact and find workable solutions for the planet's seas and oceans.
Looking back to look forward in the Mediterranean: an interview with Italian artist, Chiara Lodi
Chiara Lodi, with the aid of nothing but a hammer and chisel, individually cuts the many pieces of marble, rock, enamel, gold and glass plate that combine to make her evocative Mediterranean inspired mosaics.
This newsletter is published by the European Commission's Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.