EMODnet’s new World Base Layer Service (EBWBL) provides a fast and easy access to worldwide bathymetric information, enabling marine knowledge users including industry, scientists, coastal managers, students and the general public, to access high-resolution representations of seabed features from their own computer.
Although the European Maritime Day (EMD) 2020 Conference (foreseen to be held in Cork, Ireland) had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis and the related social distancing measures, our EMD In My Country partners managed to organise many open air or virtual events.
On 25 June, 2020, the European Commission organised an online outermost regions webinar with the participation of representatives from the EU’s nine outermost regions. Discussions focused on blue economy development and recovery measures taken by the EU due to the COVID-19 crisis, such as state aid measures and dedicated support from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).
In a world where food resources are becoming scarce, conventional agriculture faces challenges in feeding 7 billion people and fish resources are under pressure, algae are one promising route to an affordable global food supply at low environmental costs. But whereas seaweed and other algae are a popular ingredient in Asian cuisine, European consumption and production of this green gold of the sea could use a major boost.
Today, the European Commission published “The EU Blue Economy Report 2020”, providing an overview of the performance of the EU economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment. With a turnover of €750 billion in 2018, the EU blue economy is in good health.
It can be healthy and delicious, and we know that Asian countries produce one hundred times more of it than Europe — though their methods aren't always eco-friendly. Can we catch up while keeping algae aquaculture sustainable? In this episode of Ocean, we'll follow European algae from farm to fork, meeting Dutch pioneers of seaweed farming as they work to make this business competitive and eco-friendly.
On Monday 8 June - World Ocean Day - the Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit will be livestreamed between 11:00 and 14:00. The Summit brings together the EU, IOC-UNESCO and other international partners to discuss the role of ocean literacy (OL) in transforming knowledge into action, in the context of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.
The EMODnet Secretariat is delighted to release EMODnet for science, the first video of a series of eight illustrating the fundamental role of EMODnet in society.
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