Mr Valentin Moldoveanu, Vice President of the CPMR BBSC, Tulcea County Councillor and Delta Dunarii (Danube) FLAG Manager took part in the Workshop entitled “Seafood as key sector for Blue Growth in the EU Regions” under the Aquaculture and Fish Processing theme of this year’s European Maritime Day organised on 16-17 May 2019, in Lisbon.

The workshop aimed to discuss the potential that the adoption of new technologies (i.e application of the Industry 4.0 concept) and transnational cooperation have to improve the performance of this strategic sector. It was organised by the SAFER project, in which the CPMR is partner, and moderated by Ms Ana Carla Garcia – Science Manager, MARE, Marefoz, University of Coimbra.

The BBSC Vice President presented the challenges in protecting and developing the Danube Delta and the Black Sea, as well as the local policies to develop the fisheries and aquaculture sector, and shared the experience acquired from the experimental installation of offshore mussel farming. (view presentation).

SAFER – Smart Atlantic Seafood Clusters

SAFER, co-funded by the European Union through the Atlantic Area Programme, is a 3-year project led by ERNACT bringing together partners from Bretagne (France), Border, Midlands and Western Regional Assembly (Ireland), Northern Ireland (UK), Norte (Portugal) and Cantabria (Spain).

It aims to improve the innovation performance of the seafood industry by increasing technology adoption and transnational cooperation to give response to the challenges faced by a sector identified as key for the smart growth of the participating Regions. SAFER aims to drive innovation with a clear ambition of expanding the results into other Atlantic Area Regions, including Atlantic Canada, where this sector is considered as high-importance. It intends to serve as a “capacity building” network to prepare the partnership to set up, manage and monitor the processes at the core of the project.

This project is related to the Atlantic Arc Commission and CPMR’s work on fisheries and innovation.

For more information, please contact Laura Huber ( or Katie Cavell (katie.cavell

SAFER’s website