PLOCAN, with the support of the Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Regional Science and Technology Fund) (FRCT) of the Azores government, has organised a round table on Blue Growth with researchers from the University of the Azores (including the Institute of the Sea and the Okeanos centre), the Sea Observatory, the Regional Directorate of Fishing and a range of regional companies interested in knowledge transfer in the marine-maritime field (Sailazores and seaExpert) in the lecture hall of the Hotel Horta, on the island of Faial (Azores).
An international team of 50 marine scientists are participating in a study which aims to study the feasibility, effectiveness, associated risks and potential side effects of ocean artificial upwelling in fertilizing ocean productivity and enhancing energy transfer to higher trophic levels with the potential of raising fish production. Biologists, chemists, biogeochemists and physical oceanographers cooperate closely in the field experiment with KOSMOS mesocosms which will be conducted at Gran Canaria between October and December 2018.
Members of the German research institutions Fraunhofer and DFKI visited the PLOCAN facilities in order to first-hand know the capabilities and potential that the ICTS offers through its marine test site for technological development and testing in real operational scenarios of marine robotics prototypes. The meeting held between members of the German delegation and PLOCAN staff was a first contact addressed to show capacities and interests from both sides in order to identify synergies through which to establish specific collaboration frameworks.