Blue Growth: Seizing new Opportunities for a Sustainable Future


Parallel Workshops II, 19th April, 16:45 - 18:45 / Track: "Innovation & Environment"



  • Bjørn Tore Erdal, Senior Advisor, Secretariat for the Nordic Council of Ministers for Fisheries and Aquaculture, Agriculture, Food and Forestry
  • Alejandro Mentaberry, Executive Coordinator, Scientific and Technological Cabinet, Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Argentina


Alit Fiorella Fasce Pollicelli, Bioeconomy Argentinean programme for Europe, Ministry of Science and Technology, Argentina


Marine biological resources represent a huge economic asset that, with the exception of commercial fisheries, remains largely unexplored. On the other hand, human activities and global climate change increasingly impact and threaten many marine ecosystems and species, and constitute a serious threat to the survival of many biological species. Introduction of sustainable practices in the blue bioeconomy and permanent monitoring of marine populations and ecosystems are clearly needed and require close international cooperation. This activity is expected to contribute to encouraging international discussion on sustainability criteria and rational management of marine resources. In addition, it is envisaged that it will contribute to promoting economic associations around economic niches of added value.

The workshop, structured in three main sessions (“Sustainable Fisheries”, “Marine Aquaculture”; and “Disruptive trends in the blue bioeconomy”) will feature the present status on sustainable blue bioeconomy, marine aquaculture and future trends emphasizing scientific and technological achievements and socio-economic issues involving international cooperation. Workshop participants will have an overview of the international scene and on future developments in the respective sectors. The event could be a discussion base to set up a bioeconomy network on these fields.

Agenda and Speakers

1. Presentation of the objectives and rapporteurs (10 min)

  • Bjørn Tore Erdal, Nordic Council of Ministers
  • Alejandro Mentaberry, Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, Argentina

2. Sustainable Fisheries (30 min)

Coordinator: Tim Staufenberger, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel, Germany

  • South Atlantic Fisheries. (tba)
  • Fisheries in South Africa bioeconomy. South Africa speaker (tbc)
  • Fisheries in Canada and North American seas. Canada speaker (tbc)


3. Marine Aquaculture (30 min)

Coordinator: Valentin Eckart, BioCon Valley, Germany

  • Technology and nutrition. Margareth Overland, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
  • State-of-the-Art in mussel’s cultivation. Schultz-Zehden, Submariner Network, Germany
  • Multitrophic farms. Thierry Chopin, University of New Brunswick, Canada


4. Disruptive trends in the blue bioeconomy (30 min)

Coordinator: Guy Viel, Centre de Recherche sur les Biotechnologies Marines, Rimoulski, Canada

  • Marine Biotechnology. Salvatore Mazola, National Research Council, Italy
  • Micro- and macro algae for food, feed and fuel. Ocean Rainforest, Faroe Islands - From waste to value. Speaker from Matis, Iceland

5. Closing and remarks (20 min)

Coordinators of each thematic session will sum up the main issues discussed. Bjørn Tore Erdal and Alejandro Mentaberry will close up the meeting.