City of Burgas hosted a working meeting of the National Fisheries Network with representatives of science on “Blue Economy and Blue Innovations”. The forum was held on 19.11.2020 from 10:00 am in the Exhibition Center “Flora”.
The objectives of the workshop were:
– To present the activities of the Bulgarian scientific community, local fisheries initiative groups, non-governmental organizations, municipalities and other stakeholders in the field of blue Economy and Blue Innovations;
– To exchange knowledge, experience and good practices about projects and initiatives in the field of Blue Economy and Blue Innovations implemented at national and European level;
-To discuss the possibilities for future joint initiatives and strengthening the cooperation between stakeholders – representatives of science, public, business and non-profit sectors.
The event is implemented with the support of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and the Maritime and Fisheries Programme 2014-2020.
The working meeting was opened by Stoyan Kotov – Director of the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Directorate at the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, which is the Managing Authority of the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Programme 2014-2020.
During the forum, leading scientists and experts presented their research and innovative developments in the field of Blue Economy. Prof. Dr. Milen Baltov, Co-Chair of the Stakeholder Working Group on the Strategic Agenda for Innovation and Development in the Black Sea at DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission, took a special part online.
The experts from the Management Unit of the National Fisheries Network revealed the possibilities for financing research and innovation projects in the field of the Blue Economy, as well as good European practices in the field. Fisheries Local Action Group “Nessebar-Mesemvria” took part in the forum with a photo exhibition on “Life among fishing nets – Nessebar 2020”.
A representative of the Via Pontica Foundation also took part in the second thematic panel of the workshop, which included presentations of projects and innovative developments with the participation of Bulgarian universities, non-governmental organizations and local fishing initiative groups.
“All BSB552 / RedMarLitter “Innovative Techniques and Methods for Reducing Marine Litter in the Black Sea Coastal Areas”project partners agree that a key factor in implementing strategies such as the Blue Economy and Blue Growth is to provide knowledge, legal stability and security for the protection of the seas and oceans by reducing pollution from the rivers that flow into them, shipping and land resources, as well as measures to prevent and control air pollution. These efforts must be combined as much as possible with the promotion of cooperation between coastal states, “said Ina Agafonova, founder and head of the Via Pontica Foundation, in her report “Clean Black Sea – the Hope and Future of the Maritime Economy.” It was listened to with great attention, because it sharply pointed out the problems and barriers to the development of the Blue Economy.
The last thematic panel held interactive sessions to discuss current issues related to the future development of the Blue Economy and the search for solutions to strengthen cooperation between the science, business, public and non-governmental sector to develop Blue Innovations.