Closing Soon : 9th May 2021 : 2nd Ocean Innovation Challenge on Sustainable Fisheries

Up to $250,000 + 1:1 support available.

The Ocean Innovation Challenge (OIC) is a unique new mechanism that has been designed to accelerate progress on SDG14 by identifying, financing, advising, & mentoring truly innovative, entrepreneurial & creative approaches to ocean & coastal restoration & protection that sustains livelihoods & advances the ‘blue economy’.

The OIC seeks innovations that are transferable, replicable, & scalable to achieve maximum catalytic impact. Through this challenge it is seeking innovative solutions that address one or more of the following SDG 14 targets:

14.4 By 2020, end overfishing, IUU fishing & destructive fishing practices

14.7 By 2030, increase the economic benefits to SIDS & LDCs from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries (and) aquaculture.

14.b Provide access for small scale artisanal fishers to marine resources & markets

Project proponents can include governments, private companies (including start-ups), NGO/CSO, United Nations entities, academic institutions, & intergovernmental organizations.

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Angus first for UK shore-to-ship medi-drone delivery trials

Montrose Port Authority will this week stage the inaugural trials in the Project MediDrone initiative.

If successful, it could see drones become a common sight at ports and over the sea.

They could open up the opportunity for Covid-19 tests and other medical supplies to be delivered to and from vessels without them needing to dock or be boarded by harbour pilots.

Experts say the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could cut costs and improve safety and efficiency.

The medical use would further reduce risk of infection being brought back to shore and into the community.

The trials are being coordinated by London-based technology firm Neuron Innovations in partnership with ‘drone-in-a-box’ provider HEROTECH8 LTD and specialist insurance and risk management company, Flock.

The scheme has been funded by a UK government innovation grant.

Montrose is already at the centre of ambitious proposals for the UK’s first drone port.

It is linked to the £500 million Zero Four business development which could bring 2,000 new jobs to Angus.

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