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Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Fisheries and aquaculture are important contributors to global food security. Critical issues affecting fisheries are overseen by international strategies: in particular, SDG 14 Life Below Water provides targets on sustainable fishing, supporting small-scale fisheries and countering illegal fishing. PML seeks to achieve societal impact through contributions to these international efforts.

Our goal is to improve the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture systems. Our science is helping to achieve this goal in several ways.

Firstly, we are improving the ways in which fisheries and aquaculture systems are monitored, for example, by developing innovative systems for detecting illegal fishing activity. Secondly, we are developing methods to better forecast future environmental conditions and the ways in which fisheries and aquaculture systems will respond, providing information to support management and policy. For example, we have developed ways to more accurately forecast harmful algal blooms that affect aquaculture farms and provided operational tools that enable managers to respond before these events occur.

We will reduce adverse activities or environmental risks and improve the sustainability of key marine industries, both at a national and international level, by providing operational tools that improve management and inform policy changes.

We can increase the sustainability, adaptability and equitability of fishing and aquaculture activities as well as the health and wellbeing of coastal communities by changing behaviours associated with the management of local fish stocks and the buying habits of consumers.

Our activities are described in these pages on:

For example:

  • Informing krill fishery management;
  • Revealing illegal fishing activity;
  • Monitoring and forecasting harmful algal blooms;
  • Reducing the frequency of outbreaks of pathogens affecting aquaculture farms;
  • Informing the development of marine protected areas based on climate-aware modelling of fisheries and vulnerable species.

Resources and Links


  • Earth observation: detection of illegal fishing vessels; early warning of harmful algal blooms; mapping of offshore aquaculture structures; Ocean modelling: physical, ecosystem, shellfish growth, end-to-end fisheries;
  • In situ observations: developing Antarctic zooplankton databases.

People who work in this area of research

Andrew Edwards-Jones

Social Scientist
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Dr Andrey Kurekin

Marine Earth Observation Scientist
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Dr Junfang Lin

Earth Observation Scientist
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Dr Océane Marcone

Social Science Researcher
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Dr Victor Martinez-Vicente

Bio-optical oceanographer
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Dr Peter Miller

Marine Earth Observation Scientist
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Dr Olivia Rendón

Senior Environmental Economist
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Dr Sevrine Sailley

Ecosystem modeller
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