Regulation of the use of the seas and oceans to make all activities compatible with the blue economy, from fishing to obtaining energy resources or the development of offshore wind power, were some of the issues that received attention and are of global concern. Let’s show
“This is a cutting-edge industry and an area we can be proud of”The Secretary General of Fisheries of Spain said Isabel ArtemWho recalled that Spain has the leading fleet in Europe in terms of capacity, that it operates in all the seas of the world and that it targets the highest value species overall.
In addition, they recognized the fishing sector’s effort to “minimize its impact on protected species, optimize nets and comply with the landing obligation. The sector is primarily interested in clean seas and oceans because its future depends on that. But if it is not profitable then there can be no stability”.
For his part, the Regional Dean of the College of Naval and Ocean Engineers in Galicia, George Dahlstated that “Fishing was the main source of income for many families for decades, Today, it continues to play a fundamental role in coastal communities: it creates jobs and fuels an entire industry that includes everything from shipyards to distribution chains, fish markets, subsidiaries or export and import channels.
It is precisely the importing activity that the fisheries secretary, Isabel Artem, regards as one of the most pressing challenges, the Spanish official highlights “Despite the strength of the sector, we are not able to cover 100% of demand in Spain. Moving towards food autonomy is one of the most urgent challenges in Europe. Fleet renewal is essential to build a 21st century fleet”she insisted.
On this subject, Artime assured “Spain has presented to the EU the need to accelerate the energy transition. Most of the renewables tested are pilot projects and on transport ships, but fishing is a little behind.,
From Spain they point out that the aging fleet, which is on average 30 years old, is key to contributing to the generational renewal of the renewables sector.
“We need more durable, safer and more livable yachts. All the development and all the support in this modernization is a huge challenge behind which financial support is needed and will certainly mark the agenda of this sector in the years to come.Leaving a message highlighted the famous Iberian official: “The work of naval engineers as a catalyst for this activity will help us find more practical solutions that will help bridge the gap between the 20th century ships we have and the 21st century ships”,
In connection with the completion of the excellent Naval Engineering and Marine Industry Congress, number 62, it was held at the Euscalduna Palace in Bilbao, where on its first day a challenge shared by the whole industry was addressed: the generation of businesses in the sector Naval Engineering.
Similarly, fuels of the future were discussed, including ammonia and, among others, fuels of the future, of which ammonia and methanol appear to be best positioned to move toward a green economy.
They have agreed in various round tables that there are great employment opportunities through the naval industry and there is an urgent need to act at an early age to direct their training and interest towards STEM subjects.
STEM disciplines (an acronym that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) are careers that are considered to be the professions of the future, i.e. science, technology, engineering and mathematics, along with business.