Mapping of Blue Economy relevant stakeholder in the Atlantic Area

One of the current activities of FANBEST is the analysis of Blue Economy stakeholder landscape of the Atlantic Region, including UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal. The College of Engineering of University of Exeter together with the FANBEST consortium has developed a methodology to analyse and map stakeholders of the Atlantic Region that can provide support to Blue Growth investment. At the current stage over 500 stakeholders playing different roles in supporting Blue Economy were identified (Figure 1): financiers, research & innovation stakeholders, regulators/policy makers and service providers across all the sectors of Blue Economy in the Atlantic Sea (Aquaculture, Marine Biotechnology, Seabed mining, Ocean Energy and Coastal Tourism).

The analysis will lead to a conclusion report presenting the methodology developed, summarize the current stakeholder landscape, identify the main actors supporting investment in the Blue Economy according to EU’s Blue Growth key sectors and review the type of financial instruments at disposal to companies and R&D entities in the Blue Economy realm.


Action 4.2 of the FANBEST Project aims at the analysis of research and innovation stakeholders in the Blue Economy of the Atlantic Region, such as academia, spin-offs or research institutions. At this stage the University of Exeter together with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has identified R&I agents in UK, through the analysis of past and ongoing R&D projects funded by UK’s Research Councils (UKRI) (e.g. Biotechnology and Biological Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences or Innovative UK).

The analysis was extended to UK’s R&D stakeholder involved in EU funded project clusters in the domain of marine resources and ocean energy, such as Marine-I (