Med seeks strategy for sustainable blue economy

'Italy should exploit its potential', Danovaro says in Naples

27 October, 13:30

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, OCTOBER 27 - A debate in Naples has focused on strategies for a ''sustainable blue economy''.

    Roberto Danovaro, director of the Anton Dohrn maritime station which since the beginning of the month has been the headquarters of the national Blue Growth cluster, said that in these months Italy will have to make ''important choices to valorize its potential in the sea, from 'blue tourism' to biotechnologies based on marine organisms, from the sustainable use of resources to aquaculture. We must exploit all of this without harming the marine environment of the Mediterranean''. Blue Growth, which is included in EU objectives for the coming years, aims to develop knowledge of biological mechanisms together with new materials and innovative technologies applied to monitoring and remote control systems, and opens up revolutionary prospects in research and the economy on how to make use in the near future of the enormous resources in the seabed. ''A strategy is needed,'' said Amedeo Di Maio, from University of Naples "L'Orientale", ''which includes difficult institutional plans that belong to complicated economic categories, since we are dealing with public assets. We are discussing beneficial effects but we also have to prevent the collective from suffering sacrifices or harm.'' Giuseppe Cataldi, also from the Naples university, noted that the Mediterranean ''is a closed sea with strong anthropic pressure and political problems, all of which influence the commitment that every state must make for cooperation. This cooperation has yet to be sought and has failed many times before, in part due to the anarchic characteristics of Mediterranean populations''. The debate was also a chance to inaugurate the exhibition 'Deep Colors of the Mediterranean', which was created, ISPRA researcher Michela Angiolillo said, ''to disseminate information on the work that we marine biologists studying depths of 50 to 500 meters have done. We explored them with a robot that enables us to get to know the seabed in many hours of observation, watching and studying the organisms in real time. We speak about species that live in the depths of the sea and that were once thought rare, since they were rarely seen.'' (ANSAmed).

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