In May 2014, the European Commission published the document “Innovation in the Blue Economy: realising the potential of our seas and oceans for jobs and growth” [http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=COM:2014:254:REV1&from=EN] describing the need for increased knowledge of European seas to encourage growth in sector and it identified a skills gap in the “blue economy” maritime sectors in order to implement and maintain new technologies currently being researched.  

As part of the plan to rectify this, the European Commission has launched a policy process investigating the issues more closely by starting discussions with key stakeholders in the maritime and marine sectors. On December 16 2015, an invitation only event organised by DG MARE brought together these stakeholders, to discuss “Skills and Careers in the Blue Economy” looking into potential solutions in regards to education, training and employability.  

Mr Philippe Monbet, European Project Manager at the Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique, attended the meeting explaining how BlueBRIDGE is contributing to fill the skills a gap in blue economy. A Key part of BlueBRIDGE is infact dedicated to build the necessary skills around new and innovative technologies aimed to serve Blue Growth data practictioners.

BlueBRIDGE will provide services and capacity building to facilitate the setup of training environments for fisheries scientists and other practitioners of the Blue Growth. Through that BlueBRIDGE training environment, trainees will be able to set up hands on training events, including the possibility to run experiments in parallel and analyse datasets, in a couple of hours