"Digitalization and valorization of fishing in the Spanish Mediterranean" (DIGIPESCA)

Fishing in the Mediterranean is mired in a deep economic, environmental and socio-labour crisis, which has multiple causes. This reality contrasts with the current popularity of concepts such as blue growth, which recognises the importance of seas and oceans as engines of the European economy because of their great potential for innovation and growth.

Tackling the fishing crisis and including this sector in the concept of blue growth requires starting the transformation of all of its areas into a much more sustainable model. This assumption underlies our project, which, under the name ‘Digitalization and valorization of fishing in the Spanish Mediterranean’, proposes:

Promoting the digitalization of the fishing sector in the Mediterranean throughout different technologies, such as artificial intelligence (IA) or the Internet of things (IoT).

Exploring and promoting new systems and strategies to improve the commercialization and valorization of fishery products in the Mediterranean.

Communicating and transferring the results of the project to all the agents involved.

Knowledge Spaces belonging to five Spanish regions

In order to achieve the project’s objectives, a network has been formed covering the Spanish Mediterranean, based on knowledge spaces belonging to five autonomous communities (Catalonia, València, the Balearic Islands, Murcia and Andalusia). Specifically, researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València, the Universidad de Cádiz, the Universidad de Murcia, the Universitat de les Illes Balears / Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, the Universitat de Girona, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, and the company Blue Room Innovation all take part in this network. We expect that the generation of knowledge and the transfer of results made possible by this project will benefit the fishing sector and increase its sustainability, and will also result in the generation of a collaboration network between research centres and the Mediterranean fishing sector itself.