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The Secretary General of Fisheries of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and the Environment, Alberto López Asenjo, along with the director of the Canary Island Oceanic Platform (PLOCAN), Octavio Llinás González, signed a Co-operation Protocol to drive Blue Growth in the Central Atlantic, with the main objective of identifying new economic development activities and promote compatibility of uses of the maritime space..

The signing ceremony was also attended by the Government Representative in the Canary Islands, Mercedes Roldós Caballero, and the director general of Fisheries of the Canary Island Government, Orlando Umpiérrez García.

The Protocol has identified a series of priority areas, including fishing sustainability, security of fishing vessels and aquiculture. Furthermore, it will seek to generate an area of knowledge for each of the activities identified, where companies and technology centres can contribute initiatives for the development of these activities. The agreement remains open to other entities, public and private, who may be interested in driving blue growth.

The Secretariat General of Fisheries and PLOCAN have also agreed to work together on organising a “Blue Growth Week” that will take place between the 26th and the 30th of November. The conference will include a series of events covering areas like aquiculture and marine reserves.

Blue Growth is a long-term strategy aimed at achieving sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole, and especially in the sectors that generate sustainable economic and social activity.

With this strategy, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and the Environment seeks to taper off traditional industries by means of new initiatives that drive the marine and maritime economy as a whole, to attain innovative and sustainable growth.