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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!

Join the Blue Bioeconomy Forum LinkedIn group



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 This page is no longer actively maintained.

The new Bioeconomy Strategy of the European Commission has been published!

On 11 October 2018, the Commission has put forward an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy that serves Europe's society, environment and economy.

Last update: 12/10/18

© Mapping Europe’s blue biotech potential

In the past years, European regions have focused on developing Smart Specialisation strategies to respond to the need for transformation and modernisation of their economy. We asked Lucas Bosser from CPMR how European regions have included marine biotechnologies in these strategies.

Last update: 25/09/18

3 questions to Silvia Fluch from ecoduna AG/eparella GmbH

With our "3 questions to" series, we ask business stakeholders their views of the Blue Bioeconomy sector. This month, Silvia Fluch from ecoduna AG/eparella GmbH tells us about sustainability, finding your market, and how to have impact.

Last update: 25/09/18

Commissioner Vella on the future of the Blue Bioeconomy in Europe

The European Commission will announce its renewed Bioeconomy Strategy in the coming month. The potential of the Blue Bioeconomy remains largely untapped, inspite of its riches, and of the many research projects that are now able to turn discoveries into actual products. We asked Commissioner Vella to describe the European Commission's vision for the Blue Bioeconomy sector in the coming years.

Last update: 25/09/18

© Blue Bioeconomy Forum Activities: Autumn update

BBF first event – Steering group – Working groups – Stakeholder consultation

Last update: 25/09/18

© Tiny algae get set for big things in blue bioeconomy

Microalgae, which play a vital role in ocean ecosystems, are being heralded as a sustainable raw material in food, supplements, animal feed, and a range of non-food uses including bioplastics.

Last update: 21/09/18

© PJ Harvey. View of Dunaliella salina production facility in Monzón (Spain), with a raceway in the foreground showing pipework delivering flue-gas CO2. A colourful story about a sensitive microalga

New microalgae biorefinery technology using brine water and clever cultivation and harvesting processes paves the way for natural food additives, proteins, colourants and feed stocks, as well as potential treatments for diseases of the skin, eyes, arteries, and even diabetes.

Last update: 19/09/18

Blueprint for the blue bioeconomy

Climate change, poverty, water quality, hunger, population growth … Some of the most pressing global challenges can only be effectively addressed if the planet’s oceans are safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed. These imperatives are at the heart of the Blue Bioeconomy.

Last update: 14/09/18

Share your vision of the Blue Bioeconomy: new stakeholder column

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum launches a new "3 questions to" series where stakeholders are invited to share their thoughts on the Blue Bioeconomy sector, their work, and coming trends.

Last update: 28/08/18

Members of the Blue Bioeconomy Forum's Steering Group

The Steering Group ensures balanced view of the Blue Bioeconomy Forum from business, financing, research and public policy perspectives. The steering group will advise and contribute to the development of the pipeline of projects and drafting the roadmap.

Last update: 14/09/18