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Ocean industry representatives and others interested in underwater acoustics are invited to participate in a free, four-part webinar series on anthropogenic underwater sound sources organized and hosted by the Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS). The first two webinars of this four-part series will take place in May 2019 and will focus on underwater sound associated with seismic sources, pile driving and wind turbines.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 12:00 pm ET Dr. Robert Gisiner: Seismic Sound Sources
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:00 pm ET Dr. James Miller and Dr. Kathleen Vigness-Raposa: Pile-driving, Dr. Jakob Tougaard: Wind Turbines

Subsequent webinars will take place in the 3rd quarter of 2019 and will focus on commercial shipping, sonar, and echosounders.

Each webinar will last approximately 60 minutes and provide an update on current research efforts along with a review of noise mitigation measures, followed by an extended period of facilitated discussion. All webinars will be recorded and archived on the DOSITS website (Decision Makers Webinars). A summary of questions asked, and their answers, will be posted online after each webinar.

Prior to each webinar, an outline of the presentation(s), with links to relevant background content on DOSITS, will be made available. Participants are encouraged to review these outlines, as well as archived webinars on the potential effects of underwater sound on marine animals, before each sound source webinar.

To register, visit enquiries, please contact Holly Morin at

The public consultation with the relevant governmental authorities and stakeholders on the amended MSP Law and the relevant Regulations was completed on 15 April 2019. The final draft of the amended MSP Law and the Regulations was submitted by the end of April to the Law Office of the Republic for legal examination and approval. The kickoff meeting of the THAL-CHOR 2 project took place successfully, with the participation of all partners from Cyprus and Greece, in Limassol on 29 and 30 January 2019.

With a €15 million contribution from the EU, and an equal amount of matching funds from the government of Cyprus (and additional funds from national and international Blue Economy stakeholders), the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute, the CMMI, will contribute to the development of a world class integrated, sustainable, Blue Economy RTDI ecosystem in Cyprus. The Centre will support the economic and social transformation and development of Cyprus aspiring to become a point of reference for Cyprus, the region and the world. Focusing on key priority sectors such as maritime transport, offshore energy, maritime and coastal tourism and aquaculture, the CMMI will forge partnering relationships with well-known European institutions and businesses, active in the fields of research, technology and innovation for the Blue Economy, thus contributing to the transfer of knowledge, the development, application and dissemination of cutting-edge technologies, the exchange of best practices and the development of a critical mass of infrastructure and human capital in the Eastern Mediterranean region.

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The foundation of the Maritime Spatial Planning is created by the overview of the current state consisting of several different reports. Based on the current state, the maritime spatial planners have drafted future scenarios for the marine area with Capful Oy in the lead and in co-operation with stakeholders during this winter and spring. You can give feedback on the overview of the current state and the scenario drafts between 10 April–10 May. You can find the materials and the link to the digital feedback form here.

The consultation of the first phase of the Maritime Spatial Planning will be organised during 10 April–10 May 2019. Based on the hearing and regional future workshops, the preparation work of the actual plan drafts will be started. The consultation material consists of the preparation phase’s reports on the current state and the draft of the future scenario on national marine areas. A key part of the overview of the current state is the Status of Finland’s marine environment 2018 publication created as part of planning the marine strategy. The consultation of the Maritime Spatial Planning is not a statutory statement procedure, but it is done to collect views as background material for the planning.

Online materials include:

Summaries of the hearing materials:

Current state:

Future scenario:

The work will continue in May–June by drafting the regional future scenarios together with stakeholders. The future scenarios define the direction for creating the maritime spatial plans. You can find the schedules and locations of the regional future workshops here. The aim of the scenario work is to define the most probable future scenarios and evaluate their impacts. This way, the foundation is created for the objectives, “roadmaps” and planning reservations to be defined in the maritime spatial plans. Maritime spatial plans are the vision of the guidelines regarding the future use of marine areas to be created by the regional councils of coastal Finland and the Åland Islands in cooperation with stakeholders.

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The Bulgarian Competent Authority for implementing national MSP, the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works (MRDPW) took active participation at the Regional Stakeholder Seminar on Blue Economy - Towards a Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea, held on 19 March 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey at the Hilton Istanbul Maslak. The Seminar was organized by the Facility for Blue Growth with the support of the European Commission and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Permanent International Secretariat (BSEC PERMIS). The event brought together policy experts, scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and regional organisations for debating on the challenges and opportunities for cooperation on marine and maritime affairs in the Black Sea and for identifying joint actions to support an innovative, resilient and sustainable blue economy in the region.

Mr. Angel Gyorev, Senior Associate in European projects and programs management “Strategic planning and programming” Unit at the MRDPW attended the Seminar and actively contributed to the discussions in Workshop 2: Maritime connectivity in the digital era: an engine for blue economy and Workshop 4: Environment and marine litter - Healthy marine environment and fight against plastic pollution. 

In Workshop 2, participants discussed and supported the idea of better uses of innovations in logistics supply chains in the Black Sea. Insufficient innovations are an obstacle to developing good services. Poor land-based infrastructure linking inland ports also limits the potential development of logistics services in the Black Sea. The capacity to apply international standards is limited and should be supported. It is necessary to improve the liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure in order to stimulate green ports and compliance with international environmental standards.  The discussions came up with the conclusion that concentration of cargo flows must be well balanced to achieve efficient use of intermodal transport (Ro-Ro services). Unfortunately, at present, there is a slight degree of unfavourable and insufficient use of different modes of transport.

It was identified from the Workshop 4 discussions that Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and ecosystem-based management ensure a shared maritime space amongst various economic activities in the Black Sea. The MSP provides the needed policy and legal framework to solve conflicts and promote synergies between uses and uses-environment. MSP can also facilitate the developing of a consistent network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Black Sea region. The participants stated and agreed that MSP can be used as a tool for protection and management of MPAs through the creation of designated protection zones, special management measures and increased data availability and knowledge.

Read the Bulgarian Country Information Profile here.

Apr 08

The second edition of the International Forum for Marine Spatial Planning (MSPforum) took place on 26-29 March 2019, organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) and UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO). This was an excellent opportunity to exchange MSP practices and tools with over 50 MSP practitioners from more than 20 nationalities. Three panel discussions on the status of MSP in the Indian Ocean, stakeholder engagement and the sustainable blue economy allowed participants to learn about the experiences of national practitioners on issues related to transboundary MSP, funding, the science-policy interface and economic growth.

Three technical workshops on land-sea interaction and integrated coastal zone management, sectors and stakeholders involved in MSP and the blue economy were organized in an interactive format to help build new knowledge to inform, guide and support MSP at global scale. An innovative approach to visiting and exchanging with local stakeholders was tested during the forum in a half day dedicated field session. The forum participants split into groups to meet representatives of public administration, energy, fisheries, tourism and civil society, to understand their needs and problems within the processes of MSP and the blue economy, their synergies with other stakeholder groups and more generally their relationship with the ocean. The groups then presented their findings and results during the afternoon’s plenary session.

The next MSPforums are planned in Vigo, Spain, and Riga, Latvia, in May and November 2019 respectively.

Access the report of the MSP Global Opening Conference here.

In order to develop a long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors, France has adopted a National Maritime and Coastline Strategy (Stratégie nationale pour la mer et le littoral - SNML) which sets out an ambitious maritime policy for the 21st century. The national strategy is implemented at the level of sea basins by means of sea basin strategy documents (document stratégique de façade - DSF) in mainland France. Sea basin strategy documents are the legal solution chosen by France to address the requirements of the MSFD and the MSP Directive and these documents specify the conditions for implementing the national strategy according to local specificities. It includes MSP in the form of a vocation map and it is subject to an environmental assessment. The four strategic documents have been drafted in cooperation with stakeholders and have been assessed by the french Environmental Authority. They are now available for public consultation until the 4th of June 2019 at:

The following documents are available online in English:

  • National Strategy for the Sea and Coast
  • Sea and maritime basin - Strategy document
  • North Atlantic - Western Channel Sea Basin Strategy Document (summary)
  • Eastern Channel - North Sea Basin Strategy Document (summary)
  • South Atlantic Sea Basin Strategy Document (summary)
  • Mediterranean Sea Basin Strategy Document (summary)

A summary of the National Maritime and Coastline Strategy and four sea basin strategy documents is also available in the Practices Database.

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The UK Marine Management Organisation's 3rd Iteration marine planning engagement is coming to an end. Between 21 January until 29 March 2019 they have been engaging on the work to date in the development of the north west, north east, south west and south east and marine plans (Iteration 3). This engagement provides an opportunity to input towards the development of marine plans in the UK areas. The engagement focusses on:

  • preferred draft policies;
  • draft supporting text for policies including on implementation.

You still have until 29 March to complete the on-line engagement. The on-line engagement is the most comprehensive way to view and provide comment on these Iteration 3 products. Just select the topics you have an interest in and complete the short survey for each one.

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The MSPglobal Opening Conference took place in Paris, France on 11 and 12 February 2019. A conference report has now been published, along with a project brochure. There is currently a stakeholder survey online, to which people are invited to upload their information to the MSPglobal Stakeholder Database. This will help the project to better plan individual engagement in different activities, according to expertise and interests.

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Feb 25

Start your week off with our latest newsletter, which includes: 9 Conflicting MSP Sector Fiches + the latest news about MSP across Europe; all about the latest and upcoming events; interesting publications and much more!

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BSH has developed the draft of the Site Development Plan 2019 accompanied by two strategic environmental assessment reports (North Sea/Baltic Sea). The Site Development Plan is the sectoral plan for the orderly expansion of offshore wind turbines and their connection lines in the German exclusive economic zone of the North and Baltic Seas. Under the statutory conditions, it may also contain sectoral planning rules for the coastal waters on the basis of an administrative agreement with a German coastal state. The international consultation of the draft plan started on 25th January 2019. The draft documents (including summaries of the site development plan and the two environmental reports) are available here in several languages. There is an opportunity for authorities and individuals of the North and Baltic Sea States to comment on the draft documents until 25th March 2019.

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The soon to be published study, Addressing Conflicting Spatial Demands in MSP, analysed the nine most common spatial conflicts between maritime sectors. The results of the study include nine fiches describing spatial conflicts between sectors, including their individual spatial demands and detailed descriptions of conflicting elements. Special emphasis is put on possible solutions for the conflicts, which can be both mitigating solutions (before the problem arises), or problem solving solutions, when a conflict is already apparent. Solutions can be both MSP-related (i.e. to be incorporated into a plan or planning process) or possibly be found in a more sector-oriented way (outside of the MSP process). To increase the understanding of the conflict in real life, several case studies (conflict stories) are described in the fiches.

Go to the Sector Conflicting Interest pages

Marine Planning Iteration 3 engagement is an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on the preferred draft policies produced as part of the marine planning process in the North East, South East, North West and South West areas. It is now the last week to give your views on the South Marine Plan and East Marine Plans - Iteration 3 online engagement is open until Friday 29 March 2019.

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