22 new sustainable blue projects have been pre-selected for funding by the European Commission under the EMFF, sharing €14.5 million. The grant agreements are currently being prepared for signature. These projects are the results of a selection made under a call for proposal launched to accelerate the deployment of a sustainable blue economy across the EU and the Mediterranean. They will work on the following topics: innovation (de-risking investment in demonstration projects), environment (fighting marine litter and restoring ecosystems), cooperation for a sustainable blue economy and better ocean governance in the Mediterranean sea basin. Demonstration projects are ontopics including innovative aquaculture feed, wave data from buoys, tidal wave turbines and wind turbine blade erosion, among others. Marine litter projects include topics such as litter from aquaculture and prevention of fishing gear. Five projects have also been approved on the topic of Blue Networks in the Mediterranean, and one project has been approved on the topic of restoring marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean.
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28 September, 2018