Strengthen sustainability competences in the field of fishery and aquaculture.

About the

Green to Blue Project

The Blue Economy is the European Union’s long-term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sector. Environmental sustainability as well as marine environmental awareness and education in the fisheries and aquaculture sector are important components for the long-term survival of the Blue Economy in the Mediterranean sea. In order to achieve blue growth in Europe, highly qualified and skilled professionals are needed.

The Green to Blue project improve the environmental management system and develop technical skills strongly centered on the sustainability of activities related to the sea, by providing an effective and functional training program to sector workers and sector stakeholders.

Priorities & Outcomes

The Green to Blue project allows the introduction of environmental technical skills in the fisheries and aquaculture sector, through the production and implementation of a flexible and adaptable training content for fishermen and fish farmers.

It aims to orient adults working in the maritime sector towards a sustainable use of marine resources, in particular through awareness of all the actors around the concept of “preservation of the sea”, to generate a new figure of “sentinel of the sea” of fisherman and fish farmer, and to generate a model of a strategic evolution of policies dedicated to the preservation of the seas to be replicated throughout Europe.


Fishery and

aquaculture operators

Research centers and

European networks

Trainers, tutors, representatives

and trade unions

Project Results

Green to Blue Skills Framework

The Green to Blue skills framework aims to identify the skills needed by marine professionals within the framework of the integration of the green and blue economy within the fishing and aquaculture sector.

Green to Blue Training Program

The Green to Blue training program aims to help train adults, marine operators, and future “mentors” to strengthen their skills through the development of personalized and flexible content to raise awareness of environmental issues.

Green to Blue Manual & Policy Indications

The Green to Blue Manual & Policy Indications aims to provide access to 2 tools, namely: a system of validation/certification of skills, and policy indications on the importance of the role of fishermen and fish farmers for sustainable development in Europe.


Coordinator - France Petra Patrimonia Corsica (PPC) is a cooperative created in 2013 to promote and assist entrepreneurship and to contribute to territorial cohesion having branch offices both in Regions designed as “less developed” (Corsica, Guadeloupe, Guyane) and in Regions designed as “more developed” (PACA). PPC is also recognised as training center; it develops innovative training materials and provides a wide range business support to people (also unemployed ones) willing to create an economic activity and willing to explore opportunities related to sustainable development as well as to emerge market sectors. PPC is divided in 4 main departments: Maritima aiming to the valorization, conservation and revitalization of maritime heritage, such as assisting fishermen developing complementary activities and to support and accompany maritime & marine project holders (entrepreneurs) in diversifying their traditional activities, notably pescatourism. Petrafolia aiming to promote innovation in the agriculture sector Petra Patrimonia aiming to the valorization, conservation and revitalization of heritage, landscape and environment Petra Patrimonia Jeunesse aiming to provide opportunities for youth to be involved in the management of cooperatives.
Demetra Formazione is the reference training services company of Legacoop Emilia Romagna. It offers services for work and training to companies and individuals, investing in growth, innovation processes and improving skills. It adopts client-oriented training methodologies that allow companies to develop professionalism, strengthen skills, manage changes and design new products / services. Demetra staff accompanies people in ways of improving their job opportunities and professional growth, facilitating entry and placement in the labour market. Demetra Formazione has also activated within itself an area of specialized activity aimed at training professionals in the sector of Creative Cultural Industries. Thanks to it, it develops projects and paths for the training of specialized skills in the managerial, technical-technological and artistic fields to support the competitiveness of the sector. It is now developing 2 other special projects oriented to sustainability and digitalisation to support companies and people in developing relevant skills for the future of our economies. Demetra Formazione is accredited to the Emilia Romagna Region as continuing vocational training centre, operating through 9 offices across the regional territory.
RECEP TAYYİP ERDOĞAN UNIVERSITY Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University (Former name Rize University) is established in 2007 and it has approximately 20.000 students. The university iscommitted to provide academic freedom and environment to enrich scientific, social, intellectual and cultural development of its students. Besides, the university is to achieve competitiveness in scientific and technological fields, product-oriented, offering education at an international level; providing social, cultural and sportive needs to its students; augmenting qualified academic staff with excellent research and professional service perspectives. The university also makes every effort to fulfill its responsibilities by providing a wide variety of academic programmes in the fields of natural, applied and health sciences as well as social sciences, arts and humanities, fisheries, human services and business administration. The university seeks to engage students in research and creative activities, to promote excellence in teaching to develop and maintain scholarship, establishing academic cooperations with other institutions and international agencies in order to maximise effectiveness through information sharing and transfer of innovation. There are 1100 academic staff and around 500 of them have PhD and specialised in various subjects. There are around 20.000 students having education in the University. Website: http://www.erdogan.edu.tr
Zadar County Rural Development Agency (AGRRA) is a public institution established by the County of Zadar (administrative subdivision of the Republic of Croatia). The main AGRRA’s activity is development of Zadar County rural area constituted of 28 municipalities and 4 cities. AGRRA coordinates and implements the activities related to Zadar County rural development and follows national and EU strategies with the aim to harmonize legislation on regional and local level with the agricultural and rural development policies.Over the years, AGRRA has built a solid team with vast expertise in different sectors (international relations, agriculture, fishery, finance, project management, environmental protection, youthwork...), so to consolidate a multidisciplinary approach and build a vast partners’ network which includes private and public entities: SME’s in different sectors, Chamber of Commerce, universities, secondary schools, NGOs, local government, regional development agencies and other. AGRRA has direct and strong connections with more than 140 civil organizations (NGOs) in Zadar County. In the field of international and interregional cooperation programs AGRRA focuses on the development of rural areas. The help is provided mainly to the institutions and organizations operating in the rural areas with the final aim to target their needs and develop their potential. AGRRA shares with them its vast international partners’ network so to build new projects ideas, to actively participate in the European society and to develop a sense of European citizenship and identity.
Enaleia is a Greek social, non-profit organization with the vision to make the marine ecosystem sustainable. It started in 2016 by creating the first school of professional fisheries in Greece, aiming to train young people in the continuously declining fisheries industry, create jobs, and educate fishers on sustainable fishing techniques. Enaleia is currently dedicated to two large-scale marine plastic cleanup projects, the “Mediterranean CleanUp” in Greece and Italy and the “Bahari Safi” in the Indian Ocean, collaborating with professional fishers and coastal communities. The marine plastic collected by these communities and the used fishing gear are integrated into the circular economy in cooperation with certified recycling and upcycling companies. Since the “Mediterranean CleanUp” launch, more than 400.000kg of marine plastic and used fishing gear has been collected in collaboration with more than 300 fishing vessels and more than 1.500 fishers. All the collected material has been transported to certified partners' recycling and upcycling facilities, while a substantial proportion has been transformed into valuable products or raw materials. Enaleia is also involved in three European Projects - “Catching the Potential,” “Green-to-Blue,” and “LIFE Dream”- aiming to restore marine ecosystems and develop fishers’ capacities toward the sustainability of sea-related activities. For its work in the Mediterranean, the Co-founder and Director of Enaleia, Lefteris Arapakis, has received the honorary titles of “European Young Champion of the Earth” for 2020 by the UN Environment Programme and “Ambassador for the Mediterranean Coast” for 2021 by the UN Environment Programme- Mediterranean Action Plan. Relevant Links: https://enaleia.com/ https://www.facebook.com/Enaleia https://www.instagram.com/enaleia/ https://www.linkedin.com/company/enaleia/mycompany/?viewAsMember=true
M.A.R.E. Soc. Coop. is a cooperative created in 1995 from a biologists group initiative with the aim of supporting the sustainable development of the fishery and aquaculture sector along the Adriatic coast addressing its productive needs. During the years M.A.R.E team's skills and competencies have developed to cover broader necessities in technological and scientific fields. M.A.R.E is today a recognized Research Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture and a Technical Assistance Center of national relevance that strives to assess and address assistance, research and innovation necessities in fisheries and aquaculture sector by relating with public institutions, other cooperatives and research centers on a local, national and international scale. M.A.R.E. is characterized by 5 main areas of expertise: 1. Fishery - M.A.R.E. has gained substantial experience in the monitoring of benthic and pelagic resources and in the management of resources related to several professional fishery activities (e.g. hydraulic dredge, trawling, midwater pair trawls and fixed gears). It has carried out studies and data collection on recreational and sport fishing in marine waters gathering data on blue-fin tuna and large pelagic species on a yearly basis. M.A.R.E. deals also with hygiene and sanitary problems related to fish and shellfish products. It is also supporting fishing enterprises by providing technical assistance in the creation of management plans for small-scale fisheries or clam fisheries targeting striped venus clam (Chamelea gallina), supporting the creation of fishing-tourism activities and looking for European funding possibilities in the field of marine innovation for companies. 2. Aquaculture - M.A.R.E. carries out research on new technologies, especially regarding shellfish farms (mussels, clams, oysters) and provides technical assistance to individual companies through feasibility studies, research for funding possibilities, public concessions requests, design and improvement of mussel farms. M.A.R.E. also carried out in its history other works like: conformity assessments on mussel farms facilities, damage assessment after sea storms, monitoring of environmental parameters and the sanitary classification of production areas together with experiences on research and experimentation activities aimed to the diversification of production. Currently, M.A.R.E. is researching new farming techniques for a more environmentally sustainable and efficient shellfish farming.
Europêche represents the interests of fishing enterprises in the European Union. Their mission is to promote responsible and sustainable fishing practices that not only ensures a healthy and diverse marine environment but preserves an economically and socially sustainable fishing sector able to contribute to the growing world demand for healthy seafood. Europêche is the European platform enabling fluent communication between the European institutions and the fishing sector by keeping all relevant stakeholders informed of the concerns and objectives of EU fishermen in political decision making. Europêche thereby aims to ensure that fishermen's knowledge and experience are part of the decision-making process in the EU and internationally, effectively integrate the three pillars - economic, social and environmental - in the formulation of community and international policies and help stakeholders understand the impact of political decisions. In addition, at Europêche they seek to globally increase and ensure safety standards, positively impact working conditions, welfare and well-being, assist in combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing and provide a level playing field for the industry.



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On 11 March 2022, the Green to Blue Project held its kick-off meeting online. Seven partner organisations attended the meeting from 6 European countries.


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