The Balkan and Black Sea Commission (BBSC) of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), was represented by Mr Valentin Moldoveanu, Tulcea County Councillor and Mr Stavros Kalognomos, BBSC Executive Secretary, at the Regional Stakeholder Seminar on the Blue Economy in Istanbul on 19 March 2019, “Towards a Common Maritime Agenda for Black Sea”.

The event was organised by the Facility for Blue Growth in the Black Sea with the support of the European Commission and the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Permanent International Secretariat (BSEC PERMIS), and followed national consultations held in various Black Sea coastal States (Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Turkey and Ukraine, as well as Republic of Moldova) in line with the Burgas Declaration. 

The Seminar gave the opportunity to coastal regions and local decision-makers, entrepreneurs, experts, scientists and civil society to exchange views on areas of mutual interest and to debate on the challenges and opportunities for cooperation on marine and maritime affairs in the Black Sea to support an innovative, resilient and sustainable blue economy in the Region.

As an expert in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, Mr Moldoveanu had the opportunity to participate actively in the discussions on this topic addressed during the seminar in the Panel on Fisheries and aquaculture.

The concrete actions and projects needed to stimulate innovation, sustainability and diversification of the sectors were discussed. In addition, the participants raised the question of how to promote innovative approaches in the circular economy, the use of innovative technological developments and tools, innovative joint research projects, innovation in marine biotechnology, traceability of catches, capture capitalisation and diversification of profile activity.

More information is available on the Facility for Blue Growth on the Black Sea website.