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The workshop intends to explore how the Copernicus programme can support now and in the future a number of Fisheries & Aquaculture issues, with reference to the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and the  Blue Growth agenda.

In particular, the workshop will:

  • Explore the user needs in terms of data and information requirements for the domain of Fisheries & Aquaculture at international, EU, and National/Local level
  • Summarise the current and planned Copernicus offer, together with an overview of promising use cases as well as existing gaps in terms of data and information to be addressed in the future by Copernicus
  • Discuss potential Copernicus evolutions to address these identified gaps



Date:               Tuesday 02/10/2018

Language:      English

Cost:               Free of charge


Venue:          Breydel Auditorium, DG GROW

Address:      Avenue d'Auderghem 45, 1000, Brussels





09:00 - 09:30
Registration and welcome coffee
09:30 - 09:40
Welcome by Elisabeth Hamdouch, Deputy Head of Unit I2 (Copernicus), DG GROW
09:40 - 10:40
Session I Setting the scene


09:40 Fisheries & Aquaculture within the Common Fisheries Policy and the Blue Growth agenda - Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit “Blue Economy Sectors, Aquaculture and Maritime Spatial Planning”, DG MARE

09:55 EFCA and its operational capacities - Vytautas Lukas, European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA)

10:10 Research & Innovation in support of Blue Growth - Nikos Zampoukas, DG RTD

10:25 DG MARE’s tools for data management: EMODNET and DCF - Iain Shepherd, Blue Growth, Data and Innovation Senior Expert, DG MARE

10:40 - 11:10
Coffee break
11:10 - 12:10
Session II - The Copernicus offer for Fisheries & Aquaculture


11:10 The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) offer, with a focus on use cases - Edmée Durand, CMEMS

11:25 Operational use of EMSA’s Copernicus Maritime Surveillance (CMS) Service for fisheries control and law enforcement, with a focus on use cases and users' perspective - Sven Tahon, European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCA)

11:40 The potential of Earth Observation: the ESA perspective - Dr Espen Volden, ESA ESRIN

11:55 The potential of Earth Observation: the EUMETSAT perspective - Dr Hayley Evers-King, Plymouth Marine Laboratory 

12:10 - 12:45
12:45 - 13:45
Lunch break
13:45 - 14:45
Session III Aquaculture challenges, user needs and innovation paths


13:45 Expectations and strategic objectives of the aquaculture industry - Cécile Fouquet, Executive Secretary, Aquaculture Advisory Council (AAC)

14:00 Seawater, coastal water and freshwater aquaculture: user needs and challenges - Prof. Dr Johan Verreth, Wageningen University & Research

14:15 Sentinel-1 to estimate aquaculture production: opportunities and challenges - Marco Ottinger, DLR

14:30 Smart and open data analytics as a service for aquaculture - Gary McManus, Telecommunications Software and Systems Group

14:45 - 15:15
15:15 - 15:45
Coffee break
15:45 - 16:30
Session IV - Fisheries challenges, user needs and innovation paths


15:45 Monitoring the dynamics of fish populations and fisheries behaviour - Mark Dickey-Collas, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

16:00 Sustainable fisheries and Climate Change: the ClimeFish H2020 project - Dr Thuy Pham, UiT Arctic University of Norway

16:15 Innovative data management services for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture: the BlueBRIDGE data services – FAO (Marc Taconet, Head, Statistics and Information Branch)

16:30 - 17:20
Concluding discussion
17:20 - 17:30
Concluding remarks by DG GROW
17:30 - 17:30
End of meeting


The workshop venue is walking distance (5 minutes) from Schuman metro station. There is a train connection between Schuman and BRU Airport and the journey takes about 35 minutes. To check timetables and book tickets please click here.

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