In 2008 the European Commission requested and co-financed establishment of a new form of marine and maritime research governance model in Europe. This model was supposed to be structured in a research and technology development Forum. This action was envisaged in the Blue Book ‘An Integrated Maritime Policy for the European Union’ action plan and is an integral part of the European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research. The Marine and Maritime Science and Technology Forum was launched during the ‘Fish and Ships’ conference in March 2012.

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