The Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECyT) has renewed PLOCAN as Unit of Scientific Culture and Innovation.
PLOCAN is accredited as an UCC+i in two modalities. On one hand, it is acreedited as an UCC+i that communicates R+D+i results which encompass all activities associated with the dissemination of information and contents that meet certain newsworthiness criteria. Specifically, they have to be new and current, and they have to be directly associated with results obtained in the centres that the UCC+i belongs to. On the other hand, it is acreedited as an UCC+i that engages in general dissemination of scientific and technological know-how. Activities of disseminating scientific and technological know-how are understood to be all activities aimed at disseminating information and contents that, while not necessarily new or current, do help to raise the level of grass-roots scientific and technological culture.
A delegation of EU representatives visited the facilities of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands during a journey of visits organised by the Directorate-General for Economic Affairs with Africa as part of the strategic Hexagone Project. Its objective is to support the MAC Programme 2014-2020 on the revitalisation of cooperation with the associated African countries.
The Consortium of the Starports Project (Sistema inalámbrico distribuido de monitorización, prevención y actuación para la gestión costera), made for the development of an intelligent platform capable of providing in real time detailed and multiple information on the state of any coastal and maritime infrastructure, met at the facilities of the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) in Taliarte.
The project “Monitorización en el banco de ensayos de las Especies Descartadas por la Pesca con Enmalle y Nasa en Gran Canaria” (DESPESCA) has produced a best practices manual for professional fishermen in order to promote sustainable fishing practices. Furthermore, it has demonstrated the compatibility of traditional fishing methods with the use of emerging technologies in the marine environment.