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EU Roadmap For the Blue Bioeconomy

Stakeholders have given their feedback on the Blue Bio-Economy to the European Commission regarding. Here's the draft roadmap.

The BBF roadmap encompasses the findings of the Blue Bioeconomy Forum over the course of the last year. The BBF-secretariat engaged with representatives and stakeholders in the blue bioeconomy community in  events, workshops, questionnaires, interviews, and discussions on other events.

The organisers have tried to capture all major issues that hinder blue bioeconomy development in Europe and provide suggestions for ways forward for immediate uptake, until 2025 and beyond.

In the open consultation phase, the organisers ask the wider community of stakeholders to provide their feedback before finalising the roadmap document.

Document – Draft Roadmap for the blue bioeconomy

Table of Contents
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ……………………………………………………………………………. 1
2. WAYS FORWARD…………………………………………………………………………………… 3
2.1 Obtaining licenses and permits to set up activities is difficult for companies ………… 3
2.2 Novel food status and procedures are unclear for companies………………………….. 4
2.3 Ecosystem services are not recognised and/or remunerated…………………………… 5
2.4 Blue bioeconomy projects and businesses lack understanding of investment
landscape and how to present opportunities to potential investors………………… 6
2.5 Lack of funds and mechanisms to support blue bioeconomy projects and start-ups .. 7
2.6 Human resources needs (skills and qualification) in the blue bioeconomy sector …… 7
2.7 Lack of consumer acceptance of blue products…………………………………………… 8
2.8 Lack of valorisation of rest raw material from fisheries …………………………………. 9
2.9 High costs of blue production……………………………………………………………….. 9
2.10 Logistical challenges for biomass processing……………………………………………10
2.11 Dialogue and sustainable cooperation between researchers and industry is
needed………………………………………………………………………………………11
2.12 Exploration of marine environment has technical challenges and high costs ………12
2.13 Lack, underuse and geographical discrepancy of research infrastructures …………12
2.14 Lack of access to data, research results and data banks ……………………………..13
3. THEMATIC PRIORITIES – CHALLENGES OF THE BLUE BIOECONOMY SECTOR …………..15
3.1 Policy, environment and regulation………………………………………………………..16
3.1.1 Obtaining licenses and permits to set up activities is difficult for
companies……………………………………………………………………….16
3.1.2 Novel food status and procedures are unclear for companies ……………….18
3.1.3 Ecosystem services in the blue bioeconomy are not recognised and/or
remunerated…………………………………………………………………….20
3.2 Finance and business development………………………………………………………..25
3.2.1 Blue bio projects and businesses lack understanding of investment
landscape………………………………………………………………………..26
3.2.2 There is a lack of funds and mechanisms to support blue bio projects and
start-ups…………………………………………………………………………27
3.2.3 Human resource needs (skills and qualifications) in the blue bioeconomy
sector…………………………………………………………………………….28
3.3 Consumers and value chains ……………………………………………………………….32
3.3.1 Lack of consumer acceptance of ‘blue’ products……………………………….32
3.3.2 Lack of valorisation of rest raw materials from marine origin materials ……34
3.3.3 High costs of ‘blue’ production……………………………………………………36
3.3.4 Difficulty in stable production of aquatic or marine biomass due to
seasonality………………………………………………………………………38
3.3.5 Logistical challenges for biomass processing …………………………………..39
3.4 Science, technology and innovation ……………………………………………………….42
3.4.1 Dialogue and sustainable cooperation between researchers and industry
is needed ………………………………………………………………………..42
3.4.2 Exploration of marine environment, technical challenges and high costs ….43
3.4.3 Lack, underuse and geographical discrepancy of research infrastructures…45
3.4.4 Lack of access to data, research results and data banks……………………..47

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