Food security

One of the greatest challenges facing our world is how to feed an ever-increasing global population in a context of climate change, economic uncertainty and growing competition for natural resources. The sustainability of fisheries is crucial to the livelihoods, food security and nutrition of billions of people, but fish stocks are under threat due to overfishing, and many other pressures including pollution and coastal development. In order to maintain and even restore the productivity of the ocean we need to ensure cohesive fisheries management, sustainable aquaculture practices and protection of key habitats.

At PML we use models of marine productivity and ecosystems to drive fisheries models investigating different climate and management strategies. Aquaculture or farming of both shellfish and finfish is a huge global industry which will likely have to expand to meet future needs. Our ecosystem models can help to better understand how aquaculture interacts with the changing surrounding environment and how it may be affected by climate and other human-induced changes.

Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing is also causing a humanitarian and ecological crisis with current rates of fishing driving several species towards extinction whilst jeopardising the livelihoods of artisanal fishing communities. We are using the latest satellite tracking technology to develop robust methodologies to detect and track vessels engaged in illegal fishing and dumping activities, monitor pollution from these vessels and to develop indicators to monitor local issues under the UN Sustainable Development Goal – Life Under Water.

Making a difference

Our work will provide the scientific background and monitoring capabilities for greater transparency and sustainable management of fisheries to help avoid the irreversible depletion of fish stocks, thus enhancing food and economic security whilst maintaining the health of our ocean.

Projects

SOLSTICE-WIO

SOLSTICE-WIO: Sustainable Oceans, Livelihoods and food Security Through Increased Capacity in Ecosystem research in the Western Indian Ocean

Contact: Dr Dionysios Raitsos

SOLSTICE – WIO is a four year collaborative GCRF project that aims to strengthen capacity in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region to address...

TAPAS

Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability (TAPAS)

Contact: Stefan Simis

The Tools for Assessment and Planning of Aquaculture Sustainability (TAPAS) project is working to create cost-efficient management tools and...

AQUAculture USEr driven operational Remote Sensing information services (AQUA-USERS)
Completed

AQUAculture USEr driven operational Remote Sensing information services (AQUA-USERS)

Contact: Dr Andrey Kurekin

With global population expansion, the demand for high-quality protein is rising dramatically, and fish farming is gaining importance to ensure food...

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