Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar (Association of Maritime Economy) is a private non-profit corporate body, which aims to promote the Maritime Economy.
Fórum Oceano is the merger, by incorporation, of two Portuguese associations Oceano XXI – Association for the Knowledge and Economy of the Sea (established in 2009) with AFEM – Association Business Forum of the Sea Economy (established in 2010), occurred in July 2015.

Maritime activities are dynamic and competitive segments of the economy, enhancing the sea and its resources, generating value, promoting high-value jobs, and contributing to strengthening Portugal’s position in the global economy.

  • Strengthen dynamics of strategic cooperation between players;
  • Promote the competitiveness of the main value chains that utilise the sea and marine resources as the central elements of its activity;
  • Contribute, in a sustainable way, to economic growth and the growth of exports and employment;
  • Increase the maritime economy’s importance to the national economy.
Association has more than 100 members connected to many sectors of the Sea economy, like the traditional ones as:
- Seafood Conservation, Processing and Comercialization,
- Shipbuilding, repair and maintenance,
- Nautical activities and Marine Tourism,
- Maritime construction,
- Fisheries and Aquaculture,
- Ports, Transport and Logistics,

or the complementary areas like:
- Maritime Culture,
- Maritime Defence and Security,
- Services,

or the emerging ones as:
- Marine Bioresources and Biotechnology,
- Marine Renewable Energy and
- Offshore and Oil & Gas.