The European Commission is seeking views on the risks and benefits of marine biotechnology, including the development of fuels from algae.
It wants to know what activity is already going on in this field, its scope for growth and what sustainability and ethical issues could arise.
The commission will use the results to decide whether further EU action is needed to help the sector grow and may begin an impact assessment.
The consultation runs until 10 February and follows last year’s blue growth strategy, which set out five focus areas including biotechnology, the exploitation of subsea mineral resources and marine energy.
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