UN backs rights-based approach to small-scale fisheries


UN expert explains goal is to combine cutting edge research with local knowledge, practices

Putting the users' priorities first - The BlueBRIDGE survey. The deadline to complete the survey has now passed.


“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.” ― Stephen R. Covey

Listening to the users to understand their real needs is a key part of the BlueBRIDGE philosophy. Getting feedback from the users is the only way that we can provide services that  really help them to solve their daily issues. That's why we would like to invite all the researchers, data managers, policy makers and companies operating in the marine and maritime field to spend five minutes in completing our survey. This survey will help us understand what BlueBRIDGE services and functionalities you are interested in most and what the current challenges that you are facing in your job are. This will allow us to improve the services that we are developing and serve your needs better.

BlueBRIDGE workshop selected at the European Maritime Day 2016, 18 May 2016, Turku, Finland


The BlueBRIDGE workshop "Towards innovative data services for Blue Growth" has been selected as a part of the European Maritime Day 2016 programme! "Investing in competitive blue growth - smart and sustainable solutions" is the hot topic of this year conference. Who else better than BlueBRIDGE could bring innovative data collection, management and dissemination solutions for the marine and maritime sector? Register now to the conference...

University of Salerno: presenting Virtual Research Environments and the SeaDataNet Interpolator


Umberto Napolitano, ISTI-CNR has made a presentation at the University of Salerno concerning "e-Infrastructures, BlueBRIDGE Virtual Research Environments and the SeaDataNet Interpolator."

Seadatanet is a pan-European infrastructure to ease the access to marine data measured by the countries bordering the European seas. The presentation concerns the development of a SeaDataNetConnector among Seadatanet and  DIVA (Data-Interpolating Variational Analysis) model for spatial interpolation of in situ data.


Analysing biodiversity and conservation knowledge products to support regional environmental assessments


The article "Analysing biodiversity and conservation knowledge products to support regional environmental assessments" written by Thomas M. Brooks, H. Resit Akçakaya, Neil D. Burgess, Stuart H.M. Butchart, Craig Hilton-Taylor, Michael Hoffmann, Diego Juffe-Bignoli, Naomi Kingston, Brian MacSharry, Mike Parr, Laurence Perianin, Eugenie C. Regan, Ana S.L. Rodrigues, Carlo Rondinini, Yara Shennan-Farpon & Bruce E. Young is available here


New European Maritime and Fisheries Fund kicks off in the UK


Fisheries, aquaculture and maritime projects in the UK are one step closer to receiving support from the EU's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), following the official EMFF launch event in Poole this week. The UK is set to receive €243 million of EU funds for the period 2014-2020.

"Perceptions and misconceptions of aquaculture" A FAO report


The Globefish research programme (FAO)  have produced an in-depth report regarding all things aquaculture. This report provides a global overview and synthesis of studies on perceptions of aquaculture in both developed and developing countries. Its aim is to better understand the main concerns of the public and diverse stakeholder groups. 

The second part provides recommendations for policy-makers, the industry and other stakeholders on improving public understanding of aquaculture and on the roles various actors can play in this process.

University of Pisa Course : Signal Processing and Mining of Big Data: Biological Data as a Case Study


On 2-6 May 2016, Gianpaolo Coro, CNR, will be presenting a course on " Signal Processing and Mining of Big Data: Biological Data as a Case Study" at the Univeristy of Pisa 

Course Contents in brief:

  • Cloud and distributed computing
  • Big Data analysis
  • e-Infrastructures
  • Large time series forecasting
  • Automatic periodicities detection
  • Neural Networks
  • Large scale probabilistic GIS maps

Short Abstract 

Estimating absence locations of marine species from data of scientific surveys in OBIS Article


The article “Estimating absence locations of marine species from data of scientific surveys in OBIS” written by  Gianpaolo Coro, Chiara Magliozzi, Edward Vanden Berghe, Nicolas Bailly , Anton Ellenbroek, Pasquale Pagano, has been published by Ecological Modelling, the International Journal on Ecological Modelling and Systems Ecology.


European Commission funding for Irish aquaculture: Encouraging sustainable practices


The European Commission has adopted a key investment package for the Irish maritime, fisheries and aquaculture sectors. More than €239 million will be made available under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) for the period 2014-2020, including an EU contribution of €147 million.