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Issue #18, 23 May 2014
ISSN 2315-084X

European Commission sets out plan to stimulate innovation in the "blue economy"

As fresh water and land are running scarce in the face of a growing world population, we will have to turn more and more to our oceans for our food, medicine and energy needs. This blue economy has the potential of creating more jobs and further our economic growth but this must be done sustainably so that future generations can enjoy the same healthy and vibrant oceans that we enjoy in our lifetime. Innovation across all sectors is therefore key to realising the growth and jobs potential and can also bring environmental benefits.
European Maritime Day 2014 Conference in Bremen: knowledge and innovation the key for sustainable Blue Growth
An innovative maritime economy can unlock economic growth, create jobs across Europe, and protect the marine environment and ocean resources for future generations. That was the conclusion drawn from this year's European Maritime Day held in Bremen on 19th and 20th May.
Fish farmed in the EU: a healthy, fresh and local alternative
Fish farming is healthy, sustainable and can help tackle overfishing and protect wild fish stocks. That was the message delivered by European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Maria Damanaki, at a specially organised event at the Global Seafood Expo held in Brussels.
From sea to plate - Watch the new video from the #EU's Inseparable campaign
EMFF comes into force - Funding sustainable fishing and boosting blue growth
The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund officially came into force on May 21st. With a budget of €6.4 billion for 2014-2020, the fund will finance projects to provide financial support to fishermen, fish farmers and coastal communities and projects to boost Blue Growth and jobs in European maritime economy.
European Commission proposes total driftnets fishing ban
The European Commission wants to ban the use of any kind of driftnets for fishing in all EU waters as of 1 January 2015. By operating close to or at the water surface, fishing with driftnets continues to be a cause of concern due to the incidental catching of marine mammals, sea turtles and sea birds which are mostly protected under EU legislation.
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Deadline: 02/06/2014
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