Two days in the European Maritime Day 2018 in Burgas


ResponSEAble project organized a workshop on Ocean Literacy at the EMD 2018 in Burgas.

The workshop gained a lot of attention, and despite the heat and being later in the day it drew a lot of people.

Workshop addressed the following issues:

  • What are current Ocean Literacy initiatives – for and with marine professionals?
  • What are the main challenges faced by Ocean Literacy (and for whom)? And what are the solutions for overcoming them?
  • What are pre-conditions for effective Ocean Literacy so its play its due role in supporting more sustainable behaviour/practice?

Tim Haasnoot (ProSea and ResponSEAble Project) has presented an example of how to do ocean literacy with professionals (fishers), what work and what doesn’t and engaged participants of the workshop into trying some of the tools that were developed by ProSea.

In the second part, in the round-table discussion panelists discussed if OL (capacity building & awareness raising) receive sufficient attention in today’s policies (not limited to only marine ones), provided practical illustrations of ‘good practice’ from their sectors (including tourism and super yachts) and discussed what needs to be changed so that Ocean Literacy better supports sustainable blue growth.


Key messages from the workshop !

  • Ocean Literacy (OL) is only at its start! Despite that, there are already many initiatives and good practice out there, that can be used as source of inspiration by all sectors of society (professionals, NGOs, scientists, decision makers…). OL for ‘financial investors’ and for consumers/visiting tourists, and mobilising the media, have been mentioned as areas requiring further attention.
  • However, more (lasting) support to OL, soft measures and strengthening human capital, is required in policies connected to the sea to support their implementation and to contribute to Blue Growth Common platforms involving the private sector (building on its knowledge, recognising its challenges, ensuring common understanding/trust/agenda and building on positive messages) is the starting point of co-developed and effective OL that deliver change in mindset and change in practice/behaviour.
  • Success needs to combine local initiatives adapted to local contexts with the involvement of ‘big players’ of sectors as part of strategic partnerships – as they can be ‘role models’ and multipliers. Incentives to get involved relate to economic interest (e.g. development of new sustainable business models), having clear benefits, image and access to markets, capacity/interest in spreading innovation…

Throwback to World Oceans Day 2018 in Paris


For the Ocean celebration, the Tropical Aquarium in Paris welcomed over 11,400 visitors over the weekend. The bet was won for the Aquarium, which wanted to take the World Oceans Day behind the scenes of experts and make it an event open to all! Many free activities were offered: stands, conferences (led by Fred from the show “It’s not rocket science!”) and a visit to the Aquarium.

The Ocean celebration went well 7th to 10th of June with Océanopolis, UBO and ACTeon teams. The Thursday and Friday were devoted to primary classes up to high school students (7 to 17 years). A game around 7 themes was conducted with many classes during these two days!

Rules of the game proposed:

  • In the first time, two teams are formed. A participant is chosen from one of the teams to throw the ball on the poster.
  • A poster is constituted of 7 targets each representing a theme (coastal tourism, plastics, pollution, biodiversity, invasive species, marine renewable energies, fisheries and sustainable aquaculture). A ball is given to the participant who must aim for, at a distance close enough to the poster, one of these categories (where Velcro is attached to hold the ball). The participant has 3 possible tries otherwise he has a challenge.
  • If one of the categories is selected with the ball, a question is chosen by the host and posed by the adverse team.
  • Once each team has played several times, students form groups of 2 or 3 students. They have to find together a solution for the Ocean: either what they could do them, every day, or what they would like that governments or companies implement. Then, each group writes their ideas on a small piece of paper that will then be sticked to the “Wall of Solutions”. This is an opportunity to discuss with the groups, and to think about the topics discussed during the game before.

Professional posters were also produced by the ResponSEAble team for this event and different kinds of goodies (bookmarks and postcards).

From Saturday to Sunday, the general public could come to learn more about ResponSEAble, participate in this game and propose, through a “Wall of Solutions”, their ideas to improve the state of the oceans. During the days open to the general public, the role of the facilitator becomes even more important: he has to be able to adapt his speech according to the age and the knowledge of the person (often from 4 to 5 years old), but also to adapt the rules of the game. From the child of 4 year old who wants to know why we have to forbid single-use plastic to the biology teacher who comes looking for information on different subjects, the public is very varied with very interesting discussions!

ResponSEAble Seminar: Eutrophication beyond 2020


Responseable seminarResponSEAble will hold a seminar “Eutrophication beyond 2020: Rewriting the old fairy tale – new pathways to a happy ending” on 4th June 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia aiming at adding ocean literacy to the forthcoming update of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea (EUSBSR).

We want to put on the table of the seminar what is NOT common knowledge and break people’s preconceived views, to set a different picture on eutrophication to nourish the debate.

We want to invite key actors key that produce Baltic Sea literacy and for a review of their processes, policies and campaigns with new eyes and a new system.

The seminar is accompanying the 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR taking place in Tallinn, 4-5 June 2018.

#MyOceanLove- Instagram video competition


Dreaming of summer? Everyone loves sun, sand and sea. Maybe you’re active and enjoy snorkelling, swimming or sailing. Or maybe you just like to relax and sunbathe on the beach. Whether we’re on it, in it or by it, we want to enjoy the sea, the coast, nature and wildlife without it being spoiled by pollution, waste and over development.

So can we enjoy the sea without harming the environment? Can we also protect nature and the coastal wildlife? What can we do to protect the Mediterranean and make tourism more sustainable?

Competition is still OPEN!

A video series on ResponSEAble Key Stories

A video series on ResponSEAble Key stories was published, more videos are coming soon !

ResponSEAble North Sea workshops

As a “real-world” project, ResponSEAble includes a regional process based on series of regional workshops, held in the different sea regions in Europe: the Black, Mediterranean, Baltic and the Atlantic Arc.

ResponSEAble regional workshops will:

  • Explore the diversity of ocean literacy strategies and actions contributing to ocean literacy at the regional sea level;
  • Investigate the conditions for success of awareness raising and education campaigns;
  • Identify means and strategies to assess efficiency of knowledge dissemination.
  • Produce recommendations for the development of ocean literacy and awareness raising strategies

These workshops will be held in a format of 1-1,5 day presentations and discussions in English language and are open to people in charge of education, awareness raising and other means to develop Ocean Literacy in research and education institutions, NGOs, industry bodies, international organizations and management or policy-making bodies.  Please follow the links for additional information, registration, agenda for each workshop.

Regional workshop in the North Sea

Olso-workshopThis workshop will take place on 12 September 2017 in Oslo Science Park in Oslo.

For more information and registration please contact Anna Birgitta Ledang


The ResponSEAble MOOC Starting on June 6


video-1ere-2-webWhat are the issues affecting our oceans? How can we change behavior? What is ocean literacy, and what could be its role in promoting this change?
Enrolling in the ResponSEAble Mooc you will be able to explore answers to these and other questions, guided by a multidisciplinary team which includes marine biologists, ecologists, economists, social scientists, communication experts and ocean literacy experts.
Registration is now open: join our course, and become ResponSEAble with us starting NOW!

Annual Partner Meeting in Jurmala


Another year has passed in the life of our project and we have travelled in our journey from Athens to the Baltic Sea Coast. The agenda of the General Assembly includes sessions on synthesis of what has been developed in the first part of the project: what knowledge do we need (DAPSIR), to whom it has to be targeted (value chains) and communicated by which channels?

In Jurmala meeting these results will be discussed and progressively translated into the new innovative tools that will be developed in the second part of the project using living lab approach.