The Portuguese national marine jurisdiction is one of the largest in Europe, 18 times the size of the country’s emerged land. However, in the past thirty years, possibly since it joined the European Union and became distracted by the opportunities of our common agricultural policies, the country has overlooked their enormous and deeply rooted maritime heritage. Only recently, renewed interest in their blue assets has urgently surfaced.  In the wake of its biggest modern economic crisis, which brought the country’s GDP down from an all time high of USD 252 billion, in 2008, to USD 212.5 billion, in 2012, Portugal’s government just revised its plans and renewed its commitment for a long-due “return to the sea”. Driven by the European Union’s Marine Strategy Framework D...