The SUBMARINER Network in Germany

German institutions are strongly represented within the SUBMARINER network. The Federal Ministry of Environment was one of the initiators of the original SUBMARINER project. The Ministry of Economics and Technology of Schleswig-Holstein was in the following the founding partner and among the main supporters of the SUBMARINER Network. 

Schleswig-Holstein, situated between the North- and Baltic Sea, is also the only ‘Land’ in Germany, which emphasises the blue bioeconomy within its regional innovation strategy (2014). Most potential is seen in the development of innovative and sustainable forms of aquaculture, systems development as well as the maritime biotechnology. For the latter it developed in 2012 the Masterplan Marine Biotechnology as part of the SUBMARINER project identifying 14 Research & Development Institutes and 26 SMEs in Schleswig-Holstein already active in this field by that time. With the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, the Christian Albrecht University of Kiel (CAU), the University of Applied Science Kiel as well as the company OceanBasis the SUBMARINER network can count on some of the most important German players in the Blue Bioeconomy as its members.

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the other Baltic Sea coastal land of Germany, focuses on maritime technologies but is also aware of marine bioresources as important building blocks in its bioeconomy sector. The BioCon Valley association for health economy and life science, a founding member of SUBMARINER, supports corporate activities in the fields of blue biotechnology, recirculating aquaculture systems and new forms of mariculture. 

Blue biotechnologies are also part of a number of recently launched national bioeconomy initiatives; such as the PLANT3 project (subjects: "Land, Moor, Meer") and especially the 5 years long project BamS ("Bioökonomie auf marinen Standorten") that received more than 20 mio € of national funding by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The sector is therefore expected to experience a further upswing in the coming years. 

It should, however, be noted, that despite numerous projects and already more than 100 companies being active in the field – as well as Germans forerunner role in the bioeconomy – and technology, the ‘blue’ elements is still not strongly represented in related national strategies such as the ‘National Bioeconomy Strategy’ or the ‘National Maritime Master plan’. Also in view of financial figures, the potential of the blue sector has not been fully exploited . With 25 mio € turnover in 2017 as opposed to 5 mio € in 2009, shellfish aquaculture has grown by 500% - but processing and retail figures have remained the same within the same period; freshwater aquaculture has even decreased and no figures could be reported at all for finfish marine aquaculture.[1] Thus, a lot remains to be done in Germany in order to support the sector as to grow into a proper industry.  

[1]Figures taken from the EU Blue Economy Report 2019 


Key Facts

Key networks and actors

SUBMARINER Network Members
Ocean Literacy


National Cluster Initiatives
  • BAMS (with sub-projects):
    • BALI - Biorefinery concept for algae-based ingredients (Uni Greifswald, Geomar, CRM, oceanBASIS, Enzymicals, Blue Biotech)
    • SUBMARINER Network projects (to be added)
Blue Biotechnology
  • GoJelly (16 partners from EU and also China, incl. Geomar, CRM)

UNITED - Multi-Use offshore platforms demoNstrators for boostIng cost-effecTive and Eco-friendly proDuction in sustainable marine activities.submariner network logo 200 100

Other relevant projects

SUMMER. Sustainable management of mesopelagic resources

Funding body: Horizon2020

Duration: 2019 - 2023

Contact: Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir

Website: Under construction

ALLIANCE+ (Lead partner)

Funding body: Interreg BSR programme under the ERDF

Duration: 2019 - 2021

Contact: Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir

FucoSan - Gesundheit aus dem Meer (Health from the sea)

Funding body: Interreg Germany-Denmark

Duration: May 2017 - August 2020

Contact: Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir


MarPipe-Improving the flow in the pipeline of the next generation of marine biodiscovery scientists

Funding body: Horizon2020

Duration: November 2016 - November 2020

Contact: Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir


Baltic Blue Biotechnology ALLIANCE. Advancing marine biobasedproduct development (Lead partner)

Funding body:Interreg BSR programme under the ERDF

Duration: March 2016 - May 2019

Contact: Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir


BLUEandGREEN:Boosting scientific excellence and innovation capacity in biorefineries based on marine resources

Funding body: Horizon2020

Duration: March 2016 -  March 2019

Contact: Prof. Dr. Deniz Tasdemir



SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

Kärntener Str. 20
DE–10827 Berlin



This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.