A new study, requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Fisheries, is now available online. 

The study provides an overview of the general impacts of the development of offshore renewables on fisheries in European sea basins. It further highlights pathways for possible co-existence solutions for both sectors, a description of best practice examples and lessons learnt, research gaps, and policy recommendations.

Fore more information, please refer to the summary and publication

The Strategic Guidelines for the sustainable development of EU aquaculture, adopted in 2013 (COM 2013/229), have set common priorities and targets for the development of aquaculture activities in the EU. Given developments impacting the sector, including the COVID 19 crisis, as well as the potential of the sector to contribute to policy objectives identified by the new Commission such as decarbonisation, sustainable food systems or the economic development of coastal and inland areas, the Commission is now reviewing these guidelines to support Member States and the sector in further developing aquaculture production in the EU and ensuring the sustainability and competitiveness of this economic activity.

This consultation intends to provide the public with an opportunity to contribute to the discussion on main challenges, opportunities and priorities for EU aquaculture in the future, which will feed the review of the Strategic Guidelines scheduled to be adopted in late 2020.

Questionnaires are available in some or all official EU languages. You can submit your responses in any official EU language.

Please find more information and respond to the questionnaire here (the deadline for feedbacks submission is 27 October 2020).

The MSPglobal Initiative participated in the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) panel during the All-Atlantic Summit 2020, dedicated to “Clean and Productive Coasts, Bays and Estuaries”, opening the session with a presentation on the ecosystem-based approach concept. One of the roles of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO is to promote the ecosystem-based MSP processes through MSPglobal - MSP roadmap.

Please read the full article here

Oct 16

Have you missed MSP news from the past couple of weeks? Don't worry, it is possible to catch up thanks to our review. Here you can find a selection of some of the most relevant news from the past few weeks:

Have a pleasant weekend and see you soon for more MSP news in a nutshell!

Oct 14

New training opportunities are now presented on the MSP Platform. Among them is an elective course on Maritime Spatial Planning, organised by the University Centre of the Westfjords in Iceland. The training will be provided on 15-26 March 2021.

Please check the MSP Platform Training page for more details.

Oct 13

The Marine Institute is inviting the people of Ireland to share their opinions and comment on the draft assessment, a key technical study for the Irish National Marine Planning Framework. The draft assessment is available for download here. Feedback may be submitted via the online survey.

The survey will be open from Wednesday 7th October to Friday 30th October.

Access the full article here.

The materials from the webinar The effects of climate change in marine spatial planning: pathways and solutions, conducted on 1 October 2020, are now available online. 

Please access the video of the webinar and other relevant documentation here.



At the Offshore Wind Conference, organised by the Polish Wind Energy Association (PSEW), eight Baltic Sea countries (Poland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia) and the European Commission signed a joint declaration to accelerate the build-out of new offshore wind capacities in the Baltic Sea.

Please access the full text of the article here.




Oct 05

The Natural Environment Minister, Mairi Gougeon, announced the establishment of a new deep sea Marine Protected Area off the West of Scotland. The new MPA will provide additional protection to some of the deepest parts of Scotland’s seas, protecting unique deep sea marine ecosystems.

Please access the full text of the article here.


Relevant documentation from the Stage 3 Transboundary Consultation Meeting on Estonian MSP (23.09.2020) is now available online.

Please see here for more information.

The consortium of the BANOS CSA is now mid-way through developing the framework for the future, intended Baltic and North Sea Research and Development Programme (BANOS). This is a good time to look back and remind ourselves and our stakeholders how the 13 Baltic and North Sea coastal countries involved (BE, DK, EE, FR, DE, LV, LT, NL, NO, PL, SE, UK and FI as observer) through their major national R&I funders think about the rationale behind joining the two regional seas for a joint programme.

Please proceed to the EC website for more information.

The fifth and final call for the EU-funded MaRINET2 project opened on 1 September 2020.

The MaRINET2 offers free access to a world-leading network of testing and research infrastructures. Successful applications will receive free access to four EMEC’s offshore test sites with varying resources and a range of associated testing equipment.

The Call is open to offshore energy technology developers, including offshore wind, wave and tidal energy at full system, subsystem, component or sensor level. Companies are required to have a base outwith the UK or a member of their team based overseas.

The fifth call will close on 16 October 2020.

Successful applicants will receive free access to test facilities between 18 January – 17 July 2021.

For additional information please contact EMEC or MaRINET2.

Sep 07
07.09.2020 - 14.09.2020

Have you dreamed of addressing challenges in the marine environment using MSP? Now you have the possibility to inspire the EU’s Oceans Mission with your ideas!

The EU missions ‘citizen science’ project has been launched and will run from 1st September to 14th September 2020.

The goal is to provide citizens with the opportunity to react to ideas that result from the ten pilot citizen engagement deliberative events that have taken place over the summer across the five Missions in Romania, Portugal, Spain, Slovakia Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Czech Republic, France and Poland. 

The results of the project will be announced on 22 September during the European Research and Innovation Days 2020.

Please find out more about the Mission area: Healthy oceans, seas, coastal and inland waters.



The event Presentation of Maritime Spatial Plan Slovenia (in Slovenian language only) will take place on 18 September 2020 in Izola (Slovenia).

More information about the event will be available soon.

Interested participants are required to register here.

Further instructions will be communicated via e-mail in due time.

You are invited to take part in the BalticRIM autumn webinars “People Love the Sea” disseminating BalticRIM Project results and promoting the Baltic Sea Region Maritime Cultural Heritage and Maritime Spatial Planning. 


Webinar 1: Thursday, 10 September 2020 at 10.00 - 12.30 CET / 11.00 - 13.30 EEST

“Added values of our Oceans, Seas and Baltic Sea Maritime Cultural Heritage for the Society and Maritime Spatial Planning”.

Registration is open!


Webinar 2: Friday, 11 September 2020 at 10.00 – 12.45 CET /  11.00 – 13.45 EEST

“Baltic Sea Region Blue Growth and Maritime Cultural Heritage showcases”. 


Webinar 3: Monday, 14 September 2020 

"Towards BalticRIM Maritime Cultural Heritage and Maritime Spatial Planning Recommendations".


Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinars.

Additional information is available at

Sep 03

The Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of the Environment are preparing for the stage 3 transboundary consultation on the Estonian Maritime Spatial Plan that will be held virtually on 23 September 2020 at 13:00 - 16:00 EET (12:00 - 15:00 CET).

The language of the meeting is English.

Additional information will be sent to the registered participants.

Please register here