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“Support to the Implementation of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Dimension, Northern Dimension and the Black Sea Synergy- BSEC PERMIS”

A Grant Contract, entitled “Support to the Implementation of the Eastern Partnership Multilateral Dimension, Northern Dimension and the Black Sea Synergy- BSEC PERMIS” has been signed on 28.12.2020 by the BSEC PERMIS Secretary General Ambassador Michael B. CHRISTIDES and Mr. Vassilis MARAGOS, Head of Unit, Directorate General for Neighborhood and Enlargement Negotiations (NEAR), on behalf of the European Commission.

Monitoring discards in Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries: methodology for data collection

Discards – the part of the catch that is not retained on board, which may include target species or any other (commercial and non-commercial) species that are returned at sea dead or alive – usually result in a reduction of harvesting opportunities and may have negative consequences on the stocks, ecosystems and the marine environment.

Sustainable Fishing Tourism as a Tool to Strength the Blue Economy

The main objective of the project is to provide mentors/trainers and adult training organisations, effective training programs in order to enhance the entrepreneurial spirit of adult learners and develop new entrepreneurial initiative in the maritime sectors.

In order to facilitate the learning and personalization of training courses, FIT4BLUE foresees the development of an open EU online platform through which users (mentors and adults/workers linked with coastal economy) can benefit from learning in an autonomous way.

Mediterranean and Black Sea fisheries are turning the corner on overexploitation

New report shows that while most fish stocks remain overexploited, the number of stocks subject to overfishing has decreased for the first time in decades.  After decades of increasing human pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Sea marine ecosystems and fisheries resources, the latest data suggest that a corner is finally being turned on overexploitation of the region’s vital fish stocks.


Paving the way to resilient and sustainable blue economy flagship projects

10 December 2020, 10.00 – 13.30 EET


Hosted by the Bulgarian Presidency of the CMA, and in partnership with SRIA and the European Commission, the second Black Sea Common Maritime Agenda Regional stakeholders´ conference was held online on December 10th.

EU project to improve knowledge and preservation of Pontocaspian species

Documenting and understanding the evolution and the demise of the Pontocaspian biota.

Since the 1930s, the unique endemic aquatic biota of the Caspian-Black Sea region is facing a biodiversity crisis as it is severely affected by anthropogenic activities such as habitat destruction, invasive species and pollution.

Public-Private Partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in the Black Sea region

The Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) has unveiled an innovative new platform, to be launched shortly, to attract investment in Public-Private Partnership (PPP) infrastructure projects in the Black Sea region. The Online PPP-BSTDB Center is supported by the Black Sea Project Promotion Facility, a technical assistance fund financed by a grant from the Russian Federation to the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation BSEC.

How an invasive sea snail triggered cooperation in the Black Sea

The Black Sea is nearly as lifeless as a foreign planet. At its surface, however, it hosts a rich and productive ecosystem providing the lifeblood of coastal communities for millennia. It is in this fertile environment that the invasive species, Rapana venosa (commonly known as rapa whelk), settled and rapidly reproduced, threatening local ecosystems through its prodigious appetite for other molluscs. Rapa whelk was first observed in the Black Sea in 1947.