On 18 November, the European Commission opened a public consultation on marine biotechnology. It is seeking to understand the current level of activity in the field and scope for increased activity, to determine whether EU action is required in the sector. It asks about modern applications of marine biotechnology, including the derivation of drugs from marine sponges, fuel from microalgae and environmental monitoring technologies. Interested parties have until 10 February 2014 to submit comments.

The consultation can be accessed here: http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/maritimeaffairs_fisheries/consultations/marine- biotechnology/index_en.htm