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Guide des bonnes pratiques environnementales pour une aquaculture marine durable

Réalisé sous la tutelle du Ministère de l’Environnement et des Energies Renouvelables (MEER) en collaboration avec le Ministère de la Pêche et des Productions Halieutiques avec l’appui de la Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), projet “Protection de l’environnement et de la biodiversité du littoral algérien (PEBLA)“.

Ce guide a été développé comme un outil destiné à fournir aux décideurs et aux producteurs aquacoles, des recommandations pratiques adaptées pour réduire l’impact des activités aquacoles sur l’environnement. Son contenu est basé sur les connaissances techniques et scientifiques actuelles, pour une gestion durable des espèces d’élevage.

Les sujets abordés sont les suivants : protection de l’environnement, qualité des produits, normes du travail, sécurité des consommateurs et bien-être des animaux.

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Source: Guide des bonnes pratiques environnementales pour une aquaculture marine durable – وزارة البيئة والطاقات المتجددة

Pour plus dínformations, contactez le Hub National WestMED Algérie (samir Bachouche):

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Report: A sustainable blue economy for the Mediterranean: challenges, opportunities and policy pathways

A new policy report, commissioned by the European Commission (DG Near) to the EuroMeSCo network, and developed by eco-union under the supervision of the European Institute of the Mediterranean (IEMed), aims to assess the status and potential of the sustainable Blue Economy in the Mediterranean region, including an analysis of socioeconomic benefits and impacts in relevant Blue Economy activities.

This report not only encapsulates the current state of the Blue Economy in the Mediterranean but also serves as a guide for policymakers, researchers, and stakeholders, pointing towards a future where sustainable practices drive economic growth while safeguarding the invaluable marine ecosystems of the region.

Download the report

Source: Eco-Union website


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Call for expression of interest for S3 partnerships on Sustainable Blue Economy

Open call for expression of interest for new partnerships under the Smart Specialisation (S3) Platform on Sustainable Blue Economy.

EU Regions and stakeholders interested in exploring new interregional value chains in fisheries, aquaculture, coastal and maritime tourism, blue biotechnologies, and marine renewable energy, can get involved by expressing their interest to form a new partnership. Partnerships under the S3 Platform on Sustainable Blue Economy can access the services of the S3 Community of Practice, the EU central hub on guidance, networking, support and peer-learning on S3.

For possible inspiration, we invite interested regions and stakeholders to have a look at the thematic priorities per sector (enclosed) and at the recently launched partnerships on Circular Smart aquaculture  and Maritime Sustainable Blue Bioeconomy.

More details (including guidance on process and eligibility criteria) and the application form can be found here.

Deadline: 29 March, 2024 – 17:00

For additional questions contact


Portugal assumes co-presidency of the WestMED Initiative

Source: DGPM / Portuguese government press release

Starting in January 2024, Portugal, through the DGPM – Direção-Geral de Política do Mar, has assumed the co-presidency of the WestMed Initiative for a Sustainable Blue Economy in the Western Mediterranean. It will do so jointly with Mauritania in 2024, and with Tunisia in 2025 – fully in line with the Initiative’s rotating co-chairmanship.

Portugal has taken over this role from Malta who has held this responsibility for the past 2 years.

The aim of Portugal’s co-chairmanship is to develop cooperative strategies and policies in favour of a sustainable blue economy that will boost the development of the Western Mediterranean region, with an emphasis on its coastal areas and communities.

Portugal intends to work with its WestMED Initiative partners on issues related to:

Read the full Portuguese government press release (in Portuguese)

For more information, contact WestMED National Hub Portugal:

Strong interest for WestMED Spain webinar on decarbonizing small ports and vessels

For Spanish, click here | Webinar recording available below or on YouTube

On December 18, 2023, WestMED’s National Hub Spain hosted a webinar titled  “Opportunities and experiences for decarbonizing recreational and fishing vessels and ports”.

The meeting, organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, brought together 97 participants with representatives from authorities (regional, national), companies, SMEs, NGOs, scientists, clusters, fishing associations, FLAGs and universities (list of participants).

Main objectives
The webinar supports the effort to decarbonize the fishing and recreational boating sector in the Western Mediterranean and help achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal, including the reduction of GHG emissions, while taking into consideration the profitability, sustainability and resilience of these sectors.

The main objectives of this Webinar were to:

• Raise awareness of the WestMED Initiative and its Assistance Mechanism
• Discuss opportunities and challenges of decarbonizing ports and recreational and fishing vessels
• Provide the perspective of the fishing and recreational boating industry (perspectives of ports and vessels) in the face of the decarbonization challenges
• Discuss possible energy sources, technological solutions, regulatory frameworks and general opportunities and challenges to move towards decarbonization efforts
• Share the efforts by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
• Share the efforts by the General Directorate of the Merchant Navy and the Ministry of Transport and Sustainable Mobility
• Interact with the most relevant stakeholders at the national level regarding the decarbonization of ports and recreational and fishing vessels

Welcome/ Opening
Jose Maria Solano, national representative of the WestMED Initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, highlighted the decarbonization efforts in Spain, both on the Atlantic and Mediterranean shores, where up-to-today, there is still no viable technology of zero emissions that allows total decarbonization of the fishing and/or recreational fleet.

Objectives and context of decarbonization in the Western Mediterranean
 Marta Pascual, Spanish national hub of the WestMED Initiative, explained the opportunities for European funding and collaboration through European projects with the support of the WestMED Initiative and, more specifically, under the advice of the Assistance Mechanism. Marta explained that the results and materials from the webinar would be sent to the Energy Transition Partnership (ETP) so that they could take them into account in the roadmap they are developing for 2024
(see presentation)

Spanish position regarding the decarbonization of the fishing fleet
Francisco Manuel Fernández Martínez, deputy director of the general secretariat of fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, expressed the Spanish position regarding the energy transition of the fishing fleet.
(see presentation)

Fernández Martínez explained the commission’s communication on the energy transition in the fishing and aquaculture sector (February 21, 2023), highlighted the state and typology of the Spanish fishing fleet and reflected on what the 3 challenges that the fishing sector faces in order to carry out decarbonization: technological barriers, knowledge and legislative barriers, and financial barriers.

He also listed the 4 main areas of action: 1) Improvement of the governance and cooperation/coordination framework between the different actors involved; 2) Overcome existing technological and knowledge gaps through R&D; 3) Improve the business environment of the activity, including those related to financial opportunities; 4) Manpower trained and prepared in the new skills that will be necessary in the Energy Transition.

Decarbonization and sustainability of the nautical industry
Jordi Carrasco, general director of the National Association of Nautical Companies – ANEN, commented that the recreational boating sector is very heterogeneous (marinas, shipyards, auxiliary industry, rental, etc.) but that the sustainability from a global approach: Advancing engines with the reduction of their emissions, controlling pollution, promoting electric and solar-powered boats, with new construction methods that work on the decarbonization of the entire life cycle of recreational boating . Mr. Carrasco commented on the results of the Ricardo Report which was commissioned from Ricardo plc by ICOMIA – International Council of Marine Industry Associations.

This report highlights that the nautical sector represents less than 0.1% of total greenhouse gas emissions and focuses on propulsion technologies in recreational vessels less than 24 meters in length (5 propulsion and fuel storage systems). energy and 9 categories of vessels). The conclusion of the report are that there is no single solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the propulsion of recreational boats and that we must focus on understanding the type of use of the boat in order to suggest different propulsion systems. It was also commented that the impact of alternative propulsion on the prices of future pleasure boats is expected to increase between 5% and 250%, depending on the technology used. This is why it is urgent to carry out an analysis of the life cycle of the sector with a comprehensive vision from design and manufacturing to the end of the useful life of the vessels.

Decarbonization in fishing vessels
Next, Miguel J. Núñez Sánchez, Transport Counselor of the Permanent Representation of Spain to the EU, presented the opportunities and experiences of decarbonization in fishing vessels (industrial fishing) taking into account the great difference that exists between merchant and fishing vessels since It is a sector to which the legislation that applies is less (MARPOL Convention). In addition to this, sustainability is sought throughout the life cycle, both in the production part (fishing and transport chain) and in the life cycle analysis of the vessels.

However, the analysis and regulation of emissions in the transport chain will not be applied to fishing vessels. Mr. Núñez also commented on the difficulties of fishing vessels in obtaining an efficiency index. This means that fishing boats must generate their own efficiency indices that measure the best energy efficiency in engines, residual heat, lower powers, uses of low-consumption lighting, better cold management, etc. (different from the FuelEU Maritime or the Count Emissions index).
(see presentation)

Presentation of projects: “Study of the implementation of electric motors in the Albufera boats” and “Construction of the Albufera pilot boat
Amparo Aleixandre Puchades, Manager of the GALP of Gandía Albufera, presented two projects: “Study of the implementation of electric motors in the Albufera boats” and “Construction of the Albufera pilot boat”.

The study consisted of an environmental, economic and energy analysis and determined and categorized the use and movements of the boats in l’Albufera to know which of these boats could go from having combustion engines to electric motors. The study led to a pilot test of a boat in l’Albufera that is currently in use.
(see presentation)

Business perspectives: Torqeedo GmbH/ CASTALIA Project
In the final part of the event, two companies were invited to give their business perspective on decarbonization and show their adaptation solutions.

Carlos Martínez, Iberia & South America Manager of Torqueedo GmbH presented their advanced electric propulsion options in water as they are pioneers and leaders in the recreational boating market. Carlos explained to us what electric propulsion is for (pure electric) and what it is not for. It is not suitable for large lengths that want to move quickly, it is suitable for short distances and 10-12m boats. If we look at the life cycle, batteries pollute and that is why we have to look at the solution, but also at their use.
Next, Mr Ramón Zubiaga from Consulmar and  Samuel Gómez from the SYM NAVAL Shipyard presented their port services and the CASTALIA project, a 100% electric, zero-emission, multipurpose vessel.

(Presentation Torqeedo)
(Presentation project Castallia: SYM Blue brochure | video)

Main Conclusions

  1. There is no single or universal solution
  2. Alternative fuels are a solution with great potential to decarbonize the current recreational fleet.
  3. It is necessary to find the best solutions for each type of fleet to carry out the energy transition.
  4. The energy transition must be accompanied by the necessary funds for fleet renewal to build ships that can incorporate zero-emission technologies when they are available.
  5. It is necessary to review the concepts of the Common Fisheries Policy so that the regulations are not a brake on the modernization of the sector and the energy transition.
  6. The impact of alternative propulsion on the prices of future pleasure boats is expected to increase between 5% and 250%, depending on the technology used.
  7. It is urgent to carry out an analysis of the life cycle of the sector with a comprehensive vision from design and manufacturing to the end of the useful life of the vessels since the supply chain of materials and their energy consumption generates a significant amount of CO2.
  8. More R&D promotion is required so that technologies are competitive in autonomy, price and CO2 emissions.
  9. Security protocols and specific standards are required for new technologies.
  10. In the industrial fishing sector, there is a lack of efficiency legislation at European or IMO level.
  11. The IMO Greenhouse Gas Strategy does not apply to fishing vessels.
  12. The FITFOR55 measures do not apply to fishing vessels except in the RED III Directive on fuels.
  13. There is an urgent need to improve coordination and cooperation between interested parties.
  14. It is urgent to develop capabilities and a workforce adapted to the energy transition.
  15. We need to improve the business environment, including financing opportunities.

Webinar recording (in Spanish)

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WestMED 2023 factsheet is out now!

The WestMED 2023 factsheet is out listing its major achievements.

Goals, priorities, governance, stories, number of projects supported and much more in one quick overview

Download your copy from the publications page

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WestMED Success story: The drive for green shipping with MARINEHOUND as a leading project example

Around 80 percent of global trade is transported by commercial shipping, and intra-Mediterranean maritime trade-flows account for nearly 25% of global traffic volume

Greening maritime transport is amongst the top challenges for the Mediterranean region. This means a drastic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, air and water pollution as well as accidents and marine spills, noise, and overall impacts on coastal and marine biodiversity.

Transition of the Maritime Transport sector as EU priority

The European Maritime Transport Environmental Report (2021) indicated that the EU maritime transport faces a crucial decade to transition to a more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable sector.  Efforts should therefore be focused on accelerating the market-readiness for zero-emission, via mobilisation of significant investments and infrastructures and promoting an uptake on innovative technologies and digitalisation of the sector.

Mediterranean-wide political support

The UfM Ministerial Declaration on the Sustainable Blue Economy (2021) also pays special attention to sustainable, climate-neutral and zero-pollution maritime transport and ports. It calls for strengthening expertise and boosting investments in infrastructure taking duly into account the specific needs and priorities of Mediterranean countries; and to actively cooperate and participate in the implementation of joint projects in the provision of clean energy and technology.

The recently adopted WestMED Minisisterial Declaration (June, 2023) highlights this need  towards carbon-neutrality and zero emission including ports as energy-hubs with efforts required from countries and industry help make this transition.

2.4 Million Euro in EC project funding to facilitate green shipping

In this context and in line with the WestMED’s priorities, the European Commission launched a regional flagship call in 2023 to promote sustainable transport and ports in the Mediterranean with a total funding of EUR 2.4 million. This call was part of the European Maritime, Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund (EMFAF)

The main objective was to reduce emissions by ports and ships and promote the transition towards carbon neutrality of the maritime transport sector in the Mediterranean, while ensuring synergies with the Horizon Europe Co-Programmed Partnership on Zero-Emission Waterborne Transport.

As a result of this call, four Mediterranean pilot projects were funded and launched in October 2023: GREEN MARINE MED, GreenMED, POWER4MED and CALLMEBLUE. 
Three of these projects received active assistance from the WestMED Assistance Mechanism in their application process for this funding and continue to be supported directly via the WestMED’s Technical Group on Green Shipping (see below). 

Practical WestMED  support

The Technical Group on Green shipping and Ports provides practical support to stakeholders in order to implement innovative projects to promote a greener and fully sustainable maritime transport in the Mediterranean. The priorities of this technical group include: 1) Assessing the emerging technologies and innovative models, 2) Networking of maritime ports as energy communities and 3) Boosting the adaptation of commercial vessels. 


A leading project example: meet MARINEHOUND! A sulphur sniffer system for a greener shipping industry

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There are many initiatives doing groundbreaking work to promote green shipping. One of these initiatives especially worthy of attention is Marinehound. It is a Maltese company that developed an innovative approach to tackle the problem of lax emissions compliance in the maritime industry.

In January 2020, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) launched a 0.50% m/m limit for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships. The limit is even stricter for ships operating within designated emission control areas (ECAs), which must meet strict sulphur emission levels of 0.1%.

Monitoring and enforcement of the IMO 2020 sulphur limit ultimately falls to Governments and national authorities of Member States that are parties to MARPOL Annex VI. Furthermore, Flag States of vessels as well as port states also share a responsibility to ensure ship compliance.

Unfortunately, authorities still face many challenges and obstacles that are preventing the maritime industry from achieving full fuel emissions compliance. The large number of vessels entering ports combined with complex itineraries makes it virtually impossible for enforcement authorities to effectively patrol ships using manual operations.

In this context, Marinehound has created an innovative technology designed to be the ultimate solution to tackle all IMO 2020 enforcement issues.

A fully integrated and automated system can be deployed in ground stations in ports and in the open seas on autonomous oceanographic buoys deployed close to shipping lanes to patrol ships and ensure they comply with emissions limits.

Marinehound™ is a unique Continuous Emission Monitoring System (CEMS) to continuously monitor, analyse, and record emissions from ships.

Using novel and high performance gas analyser technology with parts-per-billion sensitivity, high selectivity, low-power operation and ability to work in maritime environments, our unique product provides autonomous and highly accurate monitoring of fuel pollutants and reports findings to regulatory authorities and inspectors.

In an interview with ‘LovinMalta/ Tech Heads,’ founder and CEO of Marinehound Nicholas Borg Calleja explains this system’s added value for port authorities:

“The problem is that they are currently using manual inspections. So you have to onboard a ship, take samples, take them to the laboratory – it takes a long time. They have restricted the number of inspections to 10%. So 90% are not being checked. It means that monitoring is very weak and there is room for abuse. What we offer is  24/7 autonomous system that is scanning and detecting emissions from the vessels… so we are making the job of authorities more effective and efficient.”


MarineHound was the winner of the WestMED Project Awards 2023 edition under the category ‘Biodiversity, marine habitat conservation and response to marine pollution.’



More info about MarineHound
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Service Portal Mission Ocean and Waters launched!

The Mission Ocean and Waters service portal serves as a comprehensive one-stop-shop for stakeholders, offering essential tools, contacts, knowledge, matchmaking, financing, and support for the successful execution of the Mission.

The platform ensures access to knowledge for all citizens while extending support and technical assistance to Mission Partners actively involved in the Mission Ocean and Waters implementation.


You can find the platform here

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Bring European Maritime Day to your country in 2024!

The European Maritime Day (EMD) 2024 is taking place again as a fully-fledged physical event, in Svendborg, Denmark on 30-31 May 2024. As every year, this will not be the only action to celebrate our seas and oceans and the sustainable blue economy.

EMD In My Country 2024 events will also take place all over Europe from 1 April till 31 October 2024.

In 2023, EMD In My Country was again, another great success, with almost 500 virtual, physical and hybrid events, covering all the sea basins of the EU!

Are you ready to submit your event(s) for 2024?

Fill in the online application form before 29 February 2024 and bring European Maritime Day 2024 to your country!

EMD In My Country 2024 will include physical, virtual and hybrid events that will take place from 1 April to 31 October 2024.

Submit your application – Deadline 29 February 2024

EMD In My Country is a key part of the wave of ocean awareness and activism that has been rising steadily in recent years: the events under its brand have become more and more popular, attracting more thousands of participants every year. Local activities such as beach clean ups, guided tours of ports, art exhibitions, workshops, conferences, seminars, exhibitions on maritime themes, ocean literacy actions, eco-tours and walks in areas with significant maritime heritage, boat excursions, visits to maritime museums, ships, aquaria, shipyards etc. aim to a wide audience across Europe, with a « fun and game » component directly appealing to a younger public.


MED MSP Community of Practice: experts from across the Mediterranean unite to share experiences and align perspectives

On 26 On January 2023, CINEA together with DG MARE, launched the ‘Community of Practice on Maritime Spatial Planning for the Mediterranean’, with the support of the WestMED Initiative, the MSP Assistance Mechanism and Union for Mediterranean.

This is a voluntary, enthusiastic group of experts from EU and non-EU countries working on MSP in the Mediterranean.

It was established based on a growing need from the MSP Community for a continuous and structured dialogue at sea basin and sub-sea basin level.

The main objective of this MED-MSP-CoP is to establish a permanent exchange between MSP practitioners across borders (i.e. planners, technical experts, researchers), to share knowledge and relevant experiences in the region, reach a shared perspective on MSP topics of common interest and enhance the cooperation between the north and the south shore of the Mediterranean.

In its first year, 3 workshops and 4 thematic webinars have been organised – mostly online. Participants indicated the added value of this platform and plans are underway to continue with these meetings in the years ahead.

If you want learn more and/ or join this Community of Practice, all information can be be found on the MED-MSP-COP webpage