Realising the full potential of the blue economy will require the inclusion and participation of all stakeholders, says Jason Bongailas, senior manager at Malta Marittima Agency. 

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Malta Marittima together with AquabioTech Group celebrated the Biotech Week by organising a conference at the premises of AquabioTech in Mosta. The event was held on Tuesday 1st October 2019 and focused on the promotion of the blue biotech R&I and research collaboration in the EU.  Malta Marittima Agency has set up specifically a BlueBiotechnology Cluster working group in order to address specific issues on this relatively new emerging sub-sector of the Integrated Maritime Policy.

 

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The second call for the Maritime Seeds Awards 2019 (MarSA) is now open 

The Maritime Seed Award (MarSA) is a joint initiative between the Malta Marittima Agency (MMA) and the University of Malta supported by the TAKEOFF Business Incubator, Knowledge Transfer Office and the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation (CEBI) at the University of Malta.

The fifth call of this programme aims to help move promising ideas from the Maritime Field forward toward commercialization.  To date, fifteen projects have received funding through prior programmes. Award funding totaling to €40,000 will help to bring the innovative early-stage idea/technology from lab to life and provides support to researchers and entrepreneurs when they need it most to increase the likelihood of success.

Follow following link for more information:https://www.um.edu.mt/newspoint/noticeboard/opportunities/2019/10/maritimeseedawardtohelpresearchersandentrepreneurslaunchtheirboat

 

As part of the drive to raise awareness of the Malta blue economy, Malta Marittima will be producing a "Malta Blue Economy Handbook" early in 2020.  The Handbook will describe the wide range of activities in the maritime sector and provide an insight into how the industry works together - now and as it plans for the future.  Please contact Malta Marittima for further details. http://uk-ports.org/compass-starts-work-malta-marittima-malta-blue-economy-handbook/

 

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In view of the 'European Maritime Day in My Country 2019' initiative, Malta Marittima teamed up with the Physical Oceanography Research Group, University of Malta, and organised a one day workshop.  The theme of this national event was entitled "Safeguarding the Marine Environment Together: Bridging Conservation and Stakeholder Uses in the NE Marine Protected Areas". The workshop, which was very well attended, aimed to empower stakeholders in the appraisal of existing conflicts between conservation objectives and the effects of human activities carried out within the North-East Marine Protected Area in the Maltese Islands. The programme comprised a practical marine spatial planning exercise to investigate possible solutions to meet conservation objectives without disrupting essential economic activities. It was designed to network the stakeholders, and build dialogue and awareness on common issues. The aim of the workshop was to involve local communities for active participation in decision making and in finding solutions to match development with environmental conservation; re-assessing economic activities to reduce conflicts for the same space and resources; identifying new management measures to mitigate the impacts of human activities on coastal habitats, and developing common, coordinated and feasible actions to fulfil national and EU goals, directives and legislation. 

 

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