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03 January 2019

The 2018 Economic report of the EU Aquaculture Sector shows a strong and growing sector. In 2016, the EU aquaculture sector has produced and sold 1.4 million tonnes of seafood, worth almost €5 billion. Profits of the sector have doubled between 2014 and 2016. Employment figures demonstrate that aquaculture firms are providing more and more stable employment opportunities.

03 January 2019

The Commission's “European Strategy for more Growth and Jobs in Coastal and Maritime Tourism" is almost five years old. Adopted in February 2014, the strategy set a number of priority areas and actions to overcome shortcomings such as skill gaps, seasonality, environmental pressures or hard-to-get funds and thus stimulate the sector's performance and competitiveness.

21 December 2018

On the occasion of World Cleanup Day, some 60 EU delegations and representations have teamed up with NGOs, embassies, schools and volunteer networks to organise beach clean activities across the world. Scroll through the new European Atlas of the Seas map and find out all about these events!

12 December 2018

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted two resolutions concerning the oceans and the Law of the Sea and sustainable fisheries, in line with the EU’s agenda on ocean governance.

04 December 2018

Ministers of the Western Mediterranean countries, at the presence of the European Commission and the Union for the Mediterranean, have adopted a declaration to strengthen maritime regional cooperation under the WestMED initiative. This initiative promotes the sustainable blue economy in the Western Mediterranean, and involves 10 countries from in and outside of the EU (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia).

30 November 2018

From 21 to 23 November 2018, more than 300 stakeholders gathered in Brussels to discuss the future of ocean observing, monitoring and data collection efforts in Europe.

22 November 2018

Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella is announcing today the Blue Economy call 2018 at a dedicated info day in Brussels.

20 November 2018

Karmenu Vella, the European Commission for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, donates prize money from receiving the prestigious German Ocean Award to Sustainable Ocean Alliance. Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), an international nonprofit that empowers young innovators to become leaders in preserving the health and sustainability of the ocean.