23 January 2017

Musing the Multi-Uses in European Seas

MUSES team PhotoA team of experts, led by Marine Scotland, has embarked on a new project to look at how European seas are currently being used. The European Union (EU) funded project will review existing processes, used across the EU, for marine and coastal development to ensure they are sufficient for the sustainable, multi-use of the marine environment.

The Multi-Use in European Seas (MUSES) project has been awarded €1.98 million, from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, and will be undertaken by experts from: Poland, Germany, Italy, Greece, Portugal (Azores), Netherlands and Scotland.

The two year project aims to provide Regional overviews of the EU sea basins, including: Baltic Sea, North Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Black Sea and Eastern Atlantic.   A comprehensive set of case-studies will also be conducted and analysed and an action plan will be put forward to look at how to: build on and reduce gaps in existing knowledge, identify impacts and risks and maximise local benefits while overcoming existing barriers.

The Project Coordinator, Bruce Buchanan from Marine Scotland explained:

‘The MUSES project brings together 10 partners with a depth of knowledge and a geographical coverage that will provide knowledge and expertise covering the Baltic Sea, North Sea, Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea.  This is an exciting project that will build on the good work that has already been undertaken in other European Multi-Use Projects.’

Notes for editors:


  • MUSES will run between 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2018.
  • Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.
  • Marine Scotland is a Directorate of the Scottish Government.


The project partners are:


  • Marine Scotland (Scotland)
  • Maritime Institute Gdansk (Poland)
  • THETIS SPA (Italy)
  • Submariner Network (Germany)
  • Alfred Wegener Institute (Germany)
  • Ecorys (Netherlands)
  • Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso (Portugal / Azores)
  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece)
  • Institute of Marine Science (Italy)
  • University of Dundee (Scotland)