The role of environmental biotechnology in exploring, exploiting, monitoring, preserving, protecting and decontaminating the marine environment

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In light of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the EU Thematic Strategy on theSustainable Use of Natural Resources, environmental biotechnology could make significant contributions in the exploitation of marine resources and addressing key marine environmentalproblems. In this paper 14 propositions are presented focusing on (i) the contamination of the marine environment, and more particularly how to optimize the use of biotechnology-related tools and strategies for predicting and monitoring contamination and developing mitigation measures; (ii) the exploitation of the marine biological and genetic resources to progress with the sustainable, ecocompatible use of the maritime space (issues are very diversified and include, for example, waste treatment and recycling, anti-biofouling agents; bio-plastics); (iii) environmental/marine biotechnology as a driver for a sustainable economic growth.
LanguageEnglish
Pages157-167
JournalNew Biotechnology
Volume32
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015

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