Archives for June 2016

June 2016

What effects will Brexit have on the UK’s fishing industry? Uncertainties facing policy, science and society.

In the lead up to last week’s referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union, immigration often seemed to be at the forefront at the debate. But the fishing industry was also a hot topic, even leading to demonstrations and bitter exchanges on the impact of EU membership, including from boats on the Thames. With the UK voting to leave the EU, there is a lot of uncertainty for the future of fisheries. Here are some areas, affecting policy, science and society, where the impacts may be felt.

The Future of Marine Fisheries under Climate Change: Nereus at the 7th World Fisheries Congress

For five days, from May 23rd to 27th, and 14 years after the 1st World Fisheries Congress in Athens, Greece, the 7th World Fisheries Congress visited Busan, the second largest city of South Korea. The venue was hosted by the World Council of Fisheries Societies and took place at the Busan Exhibition and Convention Center (BEXCO), where 498 presentations divided into 36 sessions addressed the common theme of the conference: the Challenge to Sustainable Fisheries and Safe Seafoods.

Improving Species Distribution Models: Laurens Geffert completes PhD

“I wanted to look at contemporary species distributions, arguing that we have so little data and know so little about the distribution of a lot of species that the logical first step is to look at the contemporary distribution,” says Laurens Geffert, Nereus Fellow at Cambridge/UNEP-WCMC. “Obviously all the distributions that I’ve introduced could be used now in predicting the future under different climate scenarios.”

Interdisciplinary solutions for ocean issues: The Nereus Program Annual General Meeting 2016

The Nereus Program was created to look at ocean questions that need input from experts on a range of topics from around the world. This past May 30 to June 3, nearly 50 of these experts gathered at the University of British Columbia for the Nereus Program Annual General Meeting. It was an important week for sharing new research, workshopping ideas, collaborating on projects, making connections, and thinking about ocean issues in new ways.