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News announcement1 February 2023Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Euronews OCEAN Season 5, Episode 1 – Algae Biotechnology: turning to algae to answer our environmental problems

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This episode of OCEAN explores the potential of microalgae, a type of microscopic marine organism, to revolutionise the agriculture industry and provide sustainable alternatives to plastics. Researchers in Almeria, Spain, have identified strains of microalgae that can purify local waste water while producing fertilisers and other products for farmers. Aligning with the European Union's Farm to Fork strategy, a local biotech company has developed commercial alternative to agricultural chemicals made from microalgae ingredients (SABANA and ALGAENAUTS projects). Innovative bioplastics developed with microalgae in Brittany, France have the potential to be more sustainable than those made from agricultural crops (NENU2PHAR), while aquaculture researchers experiment with microalgae to improve industrial fish feeds in Algarve, Portugal (REALM).

OCEAN is a Euronews magazine in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MARE). It features monthly 8-minute videos, where we discover fascinating projects and developments related to the ocean and coastal communities.

Broadcast since 2019, OCEAN features episodes on marine protected areas, small-scale fisheries, ocean energy, aquaculture, IUU fishing, sustainable fisheries and much more. Missed one? Check them out on the Euronews website! You will also find some nice extras about these topics.

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Researchers in Europe turn to microscopic algae for answers to our environmental problems



Publication date
1 February 2023
Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries