PLOCAN-logoThe Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a multipurpose, technical-scientific service infrastructure providing support for research, technological development and innovation in the ocean. The aim of PLOCAN is to build and operate an infrastructure to promote marine science and technology dedicated to achieving competitive capabilities and maximum efficiency in all operative, functional, economic, diffusion and training aspects and facilitate access to ocean areas while always safeguarding the environment. PLOCAN is a joint initiative of the Government of Canary Islands and the Spanish Ministry of Economy & Competitiveness. The project was approved in 2007 and the operative phase of the platform is planned to begin in 2014, although the scientific, technological and innovation activities are already in operation.