Fórum Oceano – Cluster of the Portuguese Sea is a collective entity of public utility (private law, non-profit), which aims to promote the development of the economy of the Sea.
Fórum Oceano results from the merger, by incorporation, of Oceano XXI – Association for the Knowledge and Economy of the Sea (created in 2009) and AFEM – Association Business Forum on the Sea Economy (created in 2010), which occurred in late July 2015.
Maritime activities constitute dynamic and competitive segments of the economy, capable of valorising the Sea and its resources, generating value, and creating qualified employment, contributing to the reinforcement of Portugal’s position in the global economy.
To strengthen the dynamics of strategic cooperation between actors – companies, RTD centres, higher education institutions, Public Administration organisms – and to promote the competitiveness of the main value chains that use the Sea and the marine resources as central elements of their activity in order to contribute, sustainably, to economic growth, exports and employment and to increase the relative importance of the economy of the Sea in the national economy.
The association has more than 150 members, linked to the most diverse sectors of the Sea economy activity, both to traditional areas such as:
- Conservation, Processing and Marketing of Fish;
- Naval Industries;
- Nautical and Nautical Tourism;
- Maritime Works;
- Fishing and Aquaculture;
- Ports, Transport and Logistics;
or to complementary areas:
- Maritime Culture;
- Defence and Maritime Safety;
or even to emerging areas such as:
- Biotechnologies and Marine Bio Resources;
- Marine Renewable Energies;
- Offshore and Oil & Gas.
See here the Fórum Oceano’s Statutes.