Call for proposal Guardians of the Sea MARE/2014/24 Closed!


The purpose of this Action is to promote a better balance between the EU fishing fleet and the available fisheries resources and contribute to the reduction of the EU fishing fleet while at the same time preserving jobs in coastal communities. The Action should examine and demonstrate the feasibility and economic viability of maritime activities other than fishing, using a reassigned fishing vessel, which are carried out by fishermen and captains who have left fishing, thus making the best use of their knowledge, experience and expertise.


Specific objectives of the project
  1. Test in Mediterranean coastal regions, the feasibility of professionally reorienting fishermen using fishing vessels reassigned to activities other than fishing;
  2. Identify and develop technical solutions for sea cleaning, such as for example to solve the problem of collecting small plastic debris and small fragments;
  3. Identify the economic conditions and operational costs of vessels operating as a platform for a number of environmental and maritime activities outside fishing and identify ways for future funding;
  4. Identify the relevant training needs of fishermen, and where appropriate, vessel owners, and identify ways to cover these needs and fund them;
  5. (e) Support reduction of fishing capacity in line with CFP Reform objectives by providing incentives to both fisherman and vessel owners to leave the sector and opt for professional reorientation;

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 0,60 Million EUR (Global Budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 09 January 2015 - 5 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call for proposals (Legal base)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Any legal organisation

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)

Directorate-Generale responsible


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