The regions involved are geographically diverse, ranging from Germany’s Lower Weser in the north to Andalusia in Spain in the south, and Scotland in the west to France’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur in the east.The EU has some 89 000 km of coastline, and almost half of all EU citizens live within 50 km of the sea. BlueBioNet’s results are therefore of relevance to many Europeans. For many years, coastal towns and regions across Europe relied on fishing and shipbuilding as their main source of both money and jobs. In recent years, these industries have experienced a sharp decline, leaving coastal communities facing an economic slowdown and high levels of unemployment.
Thanks to the BlueBioNet project, several collaborative projects involving researchers and businesses are now up and running, allowing the communities involved to turn to blue biotechnology for their living.READ MORE