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Microplastics in sediments from the rivers Elbe (A), Mosel (B), Neckar (C), and Rhine (D). Note the diverse shapes (filaments, fragments, and spheres) and that not all items are microplastics (e.g., aluminum foil (C) and glass spheres and sand (D), white arrowheads). The white bars represent 1 mm.Martin Wagner et al. - Wagner et al.: Microplastics in freshwater ecosystems: what we know and what we need to know. In: Environmental Sciences Europe. 26, 2014, doi:10.1186/s12302-014-0012-7 Initial Statement by the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors A Scientific Perspective on Microplastic Pollution and its Impacts

will deliver explanatory note by the end of 2018

Last update: 27/07/18

Turtle entangled in marine debris (ghost net) source http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2005/s2429.htm Study to support impact assessment for options to reduce the level of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear

This provided background material for the impact assessment for the Commission's proposal for a Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

Last update: 17/07/18

Third meeting between Commissioner Vella and Marine Research Institutes

observation, food from the oceans, UN decade of ocean science, moving closer to market, research priorities

Start date: 10/07/2018 - 15:00
Last update: 18/07/18

Romania’s first national workshop on the blue economy

Over fifty stakeholders met in Bucharest on 6 July to discuss Romania’s blue economy – present and future. Mrs. Melania Ciot, Secretary of State for European Affairs, Ms. Maria Magdalena Grigore, Secretary of State for Transport and Ms. Maria-Manuela Catrina, Secretary of State for Communication and Information Society and several European Commission representatives attended the meeting.

Last update: 30/07/18

Meeting Summary: 4th Experts' meeting towards SRIA for the Black Sea, 27.3.2018, Istanbul/ Next meeting >> 30 May 2018

Dear all, Thank you for participating at the 4th meeting for developing a Blue Growth Initiative for Research and Innovation in the Black Sea, held in Istanbul on 27 March 2018. We are particularly grateful to BSEC, and the Secretary-General Amb. Christides, for hosting us in the BSEC Headquarters and for the tasty dinner at the Bosporus!

Last update: 23/04/18

3rd Expert Meeting for Developing a Blue Growth Initiative for Research and Innovation in the Black Sea

Summary, participants' list, relevant documents and presentations given

Last update: 27/07/18

Western Mediterranean countries strengthen co-operation to promote Blue Economy in the region

The Ministers of Western Mediterranean countries gathered in Naples (Italy), on 30 November 2017, in an Informal Ministerial Meeting endorsed and launched the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the Western Mediterranean – a goal-oriented series of joint actions to make the common sea space safer, cleaner and more productive.

Last update: 23/08/18

Expressions of Interest sought for Páirc Mara, Marine Innovation Park, Galway, Ireland

The facility will encompass a variety of marine related activities, where productive sector enterprises , public bodies, state development agencies and the research community will work together

Last update: 01/02/18

Unveiling the potential of the Outermost Regions for sustainable blue growth – new study

The report Realising the potential of the Outermost Regions for sustainable blue growth presents the results of a study prepared for the European Commission

Last update: 21/11/17

Maritime Spatial Planning for Blue Growth - How to plan for a sustainable Blue Economy

conference 11-12 October 2017

Start date: 11/10/2017 (All day)
Last update: 25/10/17

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