The EurOCEAN 2014 conference brought together marine scientists from a broad range of disciplines with policymakers, industry and NGOs. Highlighting the importance of Blue Growth and of commercially-driven, problem-oriented research, EurOCEAN 2014 equally emphasized that a growing and sustainable maritime economy will also require a much greater knowledge and understanding of marine ecosystem functioning and resilience. A key output of EurOCEAN 2014 is the development of a common vision on achieving an ecosystem approach to the management of Europe’s marine resources as a fundamental requirement for sustainable Blue Growth. This common vision was delivered on 08 October in the Rome Declaration, a consensus view of the EurOCEAN 2014 participants, reflecting that of the European marine science community.



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