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The Blue Bioeconomy Forum brought together industry, public authorities, academia, and finance in order to strengthen Europe's competitive position in the emerging blue bioeconomy.

The aim of the forum was to develop a shared understanding of the current status of the emerging blue bioeconomy in Europe and to collectively identify strategic developments, market opportunities, appropriate financial assistance, regulatory actions and research priorities to advance the blue bioeconomy in Europe. The forum sought to exploit synergies between blue bioeconomy sectors that can benefit from innovative uses of aquatic biomass. It looked into biomass sourcing for particular (novel) purposes, such as animal feed and feed additives, food products (functional, fermented or fried), pharmaceuticals, or cosmetics. Particular attention was also given to the valorisation and use of remainder for other applications (e.g. valorisation of chitin, shells and other bioactive components).

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum consisted of a steering group and several working groups, supported by a secretariat managed by Technopolis Group and Wageningen University and Research. To ensure the engagement of the wider community of stakeholders, consultations on promising new initiatives and the roadmap has been organised  through open stakeholders’ events and open online discussions. Blue bioeconomy information and news can be found in the “News and events" section.

The Roadmap and the Highlights brochure

(including a selection of viable and innovative projects) have been published!

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This project was funded under EASME/EMFF/2017/1.3.1.5./SI2.777939 MARINE BIOECONOMY FORUM. It was closed in December 2019. This page is no longer actively maintained.

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Newsletters of the Blue Bioeconomy Forum

Repository of past newsletters

Last update: 06/12/19

Ready for huge responsibilities: Virginijus Sinkevičius

The new European Commission for Environment and Oceans gave hints to his future actions for the Blue Bioeconomy during his hearing at the European Parliament on 3 October 2019

Last update: 03/12/19

Iceland and the blue bioeconomy: making the most from fish

Iceland’s government has not yet developed a formal blue bioeconomy strategy, but various Icelandic projects, start-ups and initiatives are underway that aim to find new ways to use existing resources or turn marine biowaste into new commodities.

Last update: 03/12/19

Roadmap for the Blue Bioeconomy

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum publishes its European Roadmap!

Last update: 05/02/20

Public Consultation on institutionalised partnerships under Horizon Europe

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on 12 proposed Institutionalised European Partnerships under the future Horizon Europe Research and Innovation programme, including for sustainable, inclusive and circular bio-based solutions.

Last update: 19/09/19

Privacy statement of the BBF Newsletter

The article provides details on how personal data collected through the BBF newsletter are being used and stored.

Last update: 15/07/19

Launch of the Public Consultation on the Roadmap for a Blue Bioeconomy

Read to find the draft roadmap and take part in the consultation, until 31 August 2019.

Last update: 15/07/19

Event report: Blue Bioeconomy Forum 25 June Conference

In attachment, readers can download the event report of the second BBF stakeholder event.

Last update: 11/07/19

Study foresees promising future for seaweed

The study, Phycomorph European Guidelines for a SUstainable Aquaculture of Seaweeds, was produced by the EU-funded Phycomorph project, which aims to bring together EU research on seaweed.

Last update: 03/07/19

Blue bioeconomy projects benefit from range of accelerator options

Blue bioeconomy entrepreneurs and start-up companies have an increasing range of possibilities to choose from when seeking early-stage support for their projects.

Last update: 03/07/19