The Atlantic BlueTech project is funded by the European Union (EU) and aims to help local and regional authorities in the Atlantic area develop tools for overcoming the barriers to economic development in their regions. The focal point of the project is marine biotechnology and the sustainable exploitation of marine resources from the Atlantic, through economic development.
To develop a supply chain which is beneficial to all stakeholders, it is important to understand what economic conditions are necessary in order to encourage potential end-users to invest in the development of marine resources. This investment could be made either directly, in the form of suitable infrastructure, or indirectly, through the creation of strategic alliances with local suppliers.
Input from SMEs is being sought on which barriers prohibit their utilisation of Atlantic marine bioresources and how the EU could help facilitate their involvement in the development of “Blue Biotech” over the period 2014-2020. The partners are currently performing a survey which can be accessed using the link below and responses from current and potential users of marine resources would be invaluable.
The Atlantic BlueTech project partners are Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), Technopole Brest-Iroise and Brest Metropole Oceane (France), Oceano XXI and the Universidade do Algarve (Portugal), CEEI Bahai de Cadiz (Spain), WESTBIC and the National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland).
The partners would be very pleased to hear the views of SMEs. For further information please contact: Dr Sohail Ali, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, firstname.lastname@example.org, 01752 633416.