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Identification of Marine Biotechnology Value Chains with High Potential in the Northern Mediterranean Region

TitoloIdentification of Marine Biotechnology Value Chains with High Potential in the Northern Mediterranean Region
Tipo di pubblicazioneArticolo su Rivista peer-reviewed
Anno di Pubblicazione2023
AutoriRotter, A., Giannakourou A., García J.E. Argente, Quero G.M., Auregan C., Triantaphyllidis G., Venetsanopoulou A., De Carolis R., Efstratiou C., Aboal M., Abad M.Á.E., Grigalionyte-Bembič E., Kotzamanis Y., Kovač M., M. Čmelar Ljubić, Luna G.M., Aguilera C., Fernández F.G. Acién, Pinchetti J.L. Gómez, Manzo Sonia, Milašinčić I., Nadarmija A., Parrella L., Pinat M., Roussos E., Ruel C., Salvatori Elisabetta, Vázquez F.J. Sánchez, M. García Semitiel, Gómez A.F. Skarmeta, Ulčar J., and Chiavetta Cristian
RivistaMarine Drugs
Parole chiaveaquaculture, article, Biotechnology, Croatia, economic aspect, fishery, France, Greece, Italy, macroalga, microalga, Montenegro (republic), nonhuman, Portugal, skill, Slovenia, Southern Europe, Spain, valorization

Marine (blue) biotechnology is an emerging field enabling the valorization of new products and processes with massive potential for innovation and economic growth. In the Mediterranean region, this innovation potential is not exploited as well as in other European regions due to a lack of a clear identification of the different value chains and the high fragmentation of business innovation initiatives. As a result, several opportunities to create an innovative society are being missed. To address this problem, eight Northern Mediterranean countries (Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Portugal, Slovenia and Spain) established five national blue biotechnology hubs to identify and address the bottlenecks that prevent the development of marine biotechnology in the region. Following a three-step approach (1. Analysis: setting the scene; 2. Transfer: identification of promising value chains; 3. Capitalization: community creation), we identified the three value chains that are most promising for the Northern Mediterranean region: algae production for added-value compounds, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) and valorization aquaculture/fisheries/processing by-products, unavoidable/unwanted catches and discards. The potential for the development and the technical and non-technical skills that are necessary to advance in this exciting field were identified through several stakeholder events which provided valuable insight and feedback that should be addressed for marine biotechnology in the Northern Mediterranean region to reach its full potential. © 2023 by the authors.


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