Vigo, Spain (PortSEurope) December 1, 2020 – The Atlantic Maritime Ecosystem Network (MarENet) project has received the 2020 Atlantic Project Award in the category of marine training and ocean literacy. The ceremony took place during the 7th conference of the Atlantic Stakeholders Platform. Co-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) of the European Commission and closely linked to the Blue Growth strategy of the Port of
Vigo, MarENet aims to strengthen cooperation between academic institutions and companies in the marine field to improve the visibility of training and professional opportunities in the Blue Economy sector. The European Union, through the project recognizes the best initiatives aligned with the priorities of the Atlantic Strategy. This year, in its fourth edition, it nominated those European projects and good practices aligned with the Action Plan 2.0 in four areas: Atlantic ports and the blue economy, marine training and ocean literacy, marine renewable energies, ccean health and coastal resilience in the Atlantic Area. The MarENet project received the award as a European project of good practices for its role in the creation of a hub of maritime-fishing-port knowledge, integrating the know-how and knowledge of training centers and companies on the Atlantic coast. The consortium, made up of 8 European entities Universidade de Vigo, Campus do Mar, Vigo Port Authority, Galician Naval Cluster Association (ACLUNAGA), Institute for Sustainable Business Growth (ICSEM), Cork Institute of Technology (CIT ), Marine Institute (MI), Universite La Rochelle and the Spanish Fisheries Confederation (CEPESCA) is currently working on the design of training courses that respond in the short term to these identified needs, as well as in the execution of a blue entrepreneurship program that boosts the competitiveness of sectors in the blue economy. The objectives and results of MarENet were presented by the project coordinator, Daniel Rey, on the occasion of the 7th Conference of the Atlantic Stakeholders Platform. The workshop was successfully developed and emphasized the need to strengthen cooperation and collaboration between the academic sector and the marine industry to improve the competitiveness of the sector and improve access to qualified employment. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo (APV – Port Authority of Vigo) Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.