As already expressed in its 2015 Statement for Oceans and Climate, the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup of the European Parliament fully endorses the statement of the Our Ocean Conference that “all of us depend on the ocean: for our water, our food, our climate and our air”. Human actions have had an alarming effect on the environment, which has been “heavily affected by pollution, overexploitation, coastal degradation and global warming. This has severe consequences for all.”
The conference will target several objectives. First, by sharing ideas and views, it will try to fortify the Mediterranean Blue Economy community. Then, by taking advantage of past experiences, it will aim at consolidating large partnerships and encouraging cross-fertilization.
The International Meeting on Marine Research 2018 (IMMR’18) will take place in Peniche, Portugal, from the 5-6 July 2018. IMMR’18 is an international congress planned to communicate novel scientific knowledge on marine resources and research towards the sustainability of our planet.
The first General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) Fish Forum will take place in Rome from 10-14 December 2018. The conference, one of the first of its kind, will encompass many areas, including oceanographic, social and economic science, as well as fisheries research. The event has, at its core, the aim of giving a voice to a wider community of people within the science industry, and will also provide an opportunity for young scientists to join the community.
Details for the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) 2018 Conference have been announced, and the Early Bird registration option is now open. IIFET is the only global professional organization devoted to improving understanding of all aspects of fisheries and aquaculture economics and seafood trade. Members include academics, fisheries managers and policy makers, seafood industry members, international organizations and national government representatives.
The IIFET 2018 conference will cover a huge number of themes, including, but not limited to:
The High Level Group of Scientific Advisors (HLG), which was set up in the context of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) of the European Commission has been tasked by the Commission to provide advice based on scientific evidence on the issue of food from the oceans. In relation to this, a meeting will be conducted with relevant stakeholder representatives who are mostly from civil society and businesses. The objective is to present the main draft elements of the advice under consideration by the HLG and to gather the views of stakeholders.
The Aquaculture UK Exhibition 2018 will take place in Aviemore from 23-24 May. The exhibition has gathered a considerable following over the years, establishing itself as an important player within the European aquaculture industry. The event will be hosting over 125 exhibitors from all over the world with a wide variety of products, services and advice. The event covers every aspect of aquaculture and provides the best commercial and technical advice for fish farmers, farm managers and aquaculture business professionals.
With the establishment of the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) as a coordinating framework for better alignment and integration of Europe´s ocean observing capacity, and the results from its recent stakeholder consultation, it is appropriate to reflect on the role Eurocean Members, complementary initiatives such as those of the European Research Vessel Operators (ERVO) and other public and private stakeholders can play in developing and supporting an EOOS action plan
A short event, entitled ‘Marine Plastics Need European Action’ will be hosted by Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP from 18:00-20:00 at the IUCN European Regional Office in Belgium, Brussels. The conference discussion will focus on the major issue of plastic waste in the ocean, an issue becoming alarmingly more important over time. Growing scientific evidence and an increase in public awareness on the sources of plastic waste and their impacts on marine and coastal environments, demonstrates the need for more action at European level.
The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will hold an info day on 9 November 2017. This day will mainly revolve around releasing information on the new "Sustainable blue economy call", which has been a given a total budget in excess of €14 million.The reuslts of the call will be published under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund by the end of October 2017.
There are four strands to the call that will help promote fostering the Blue Economy across Europe: