In a context of global crisis of the economy, the blue economy represents an essential stake for the future development of our maritime territories.

Often considered as a resource, the ocean has also to be envisaged as a source of innovation, growth and jobs. In this sense, marine bio-resources constitute a sector with high growth potential but still largely unexploited by businesses. These latter have to face many constraints and barriers (legal, environmental, economic and social).

The ATLANTIC BLUE TECH project thus aims at promoting and developing at the Atlantic level and in a joint and concerted manner, the marine bio-resources’ sector. Gathering economic and innovation development agencies, local authorities and scientific organisations, the project aims at capitalizing projects and initiatives previously developed under this thematic. Project partners will identify the main obstacles to the development of the sector and will define corrective measures.

Finally, through the identification of transnational structuring projects, the project will represent an essential link to the future 2014-2020 programming period. It will also contribute to the operational implementation of the Action Plan recently adopted in the framework of the EU Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic region.


The partnership (7 partners from the 5 countries of the Atlantic Area):

- Brest métropole océane (urban council) & Technopôle Brest-Iroise (science park) (FRANCE)

- OCEANO XXI & Universidade do Algarve (PORTUGAL)

- CEEI Bahia de Cadiz (SPAIN)

- Plymouth Marine Laboratory (the UNITED-KINGDOM)


Additional information

BUDGET: € 1,200,000 

DURATION: 17 months, from 10/2013 to 03/2015

Project submitted on March 15th 2013 (Call for Expressions of Interest)

For more information, please contact:

Anne-Marie Cabon

Tel 00.33.(0)2 98 33 51 62


Science parks, innovation centres and incubators linked together to develop cross-channel trade.



The project aims to create the best conditions to foster collaboration and partnerships between French & English science parks, business centres and technopoles,from Brittany, Normandy and South East of England.


The project helps to support the growth of bilateral France-England trade amongst high-tech
and innovative R&D companies.

The Chain team has developed a range of tools has which helps to develop & manage relationships with potential business partners, customers & suppliers on both sides of the Channel. The Science Park of Brest Iroise is partner of the project.

Chain is an Interreg IV A trans-channel project, funded by the Regional Development Fund. Fore more information please visit


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MERiFIC (Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities)

Launched in September 2011, the MERiFIC project, funded by INTERREG IVA (Channel), seeks to advance the adoption of marine energy across the two regions of Cornwall and Finistère and the island communities of le Parc Naturel Marin d’Iroise and the Isles of Scilly.

Project partners* will work together to identify the specific opportunities and issues faced by peripheral and island communities in exploiting marine renewable energy resources with the aim of developing tool kits and resources for use by other similar communities.

The project will develop and deliver joint activities between the two regions, looking at issues such as

Marine energy resource assessment/mapping

Policy issues and potential barriers to marine energy development;

Business and commercial opportunities for island/mainland communities;

Island/mainland interaction on appropriate infrastructure and Community and stakeholder engagement with key groups (e.g. fishing, wave farm developers, and investors).


Total budget : 4, 6 M€

Partners  : Technopôle Brest-Iroise, Pôle Mer Bretagne, IFREMER, Bretagne Développement Innovation, Parc Naturel Marin d’Iroise, Conseil Général du Finistère, University of Exeter, University of Plymouth, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Council (lead partner).


Duration  : from april 2011 until june 2014

Website : 

Contacts of the lead partner:

  Henderson Emily
New county Hall Treyew road
  TR1 3AY Truro
1 872 323 955
1 872 323 808