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Less money, more problems – getting fisheries right

Sustainable marine fisheries seem to tick all the boxes. They can fill your belly, fill your wallet, and do it all for a fraction of the carbon emissions generated by conventional agriculture. Getting marine fisheries “right” could also help to reduce the loss of biodiversity in the ocean, and increase equity among coastal populations.

Call for Abstracts: Special Issue of Ecosystem Services on “Multiple Values for the Management and Sustainable Use of Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services”

Ecosystem Services‘ special edition on “Multiple Values for the Management and Sustainable Use of Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services” will include empirical and theoretical/conceptual research that propose and/or apply methods and tools to elicit diverse values associated with ES in coastal and marine social-ecological systems.

Finding a recipe for scientific innovation: Out-of-the-box thinking is crucial for studying the oceans

By Robert Blasiak, Nereus Program Fellow at Stockholm Resilience Centre

Fachidiot! This wonderfully direct word from the German language describes a person who knows their subject (Fach), and nothing else. It was on my mind recently as I read articles in a new special issue of the journal Ecology & Society on “Reconciling Art and Science for Sustainability”. The issue is filled with contributions from scientists and artists who have in some sense travelled into unknown and unfamiliar territory, and discovered along the way that this was feeding innovation and adding value to their work.

Call for Abstracts: Special issue of Marine Policy on ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries funding

Marine Policy‘s special edition on ‘Funding for ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries’ aims to address funding for ocean conservation and sustainable fisheries from various angles. Interested parties should submit abstracts (~250 words) describing their intended research topic or question and how it relates to the special theme no later than November 30, 2017.

Promoting diversity and inclusiveness in seafood certification and ecolabelling: Prospects for Asia

Asia is a powerhouse in both the production and consumption of seafood. Asia is home to 84% of the world’s fishers and fish farmers, and over 70% of the world’s fish and fishery products are consumed here. Yet demand within Asia for certified seafood lags behind rates in other regions, such as Europe and North America. This suggests an unevenly developed certification landscape, but one with vast potential if it can gain popularity in Asia.

2017 PICES Annual Meeting

The North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) 2017 Annual Meeting on ‘Environmental Changes in the North Pacific and Impacts on Biological Resources and Ecosystem Services’ will be held between September…

One small bay in Japan has been attracting marine scientists from around the world for more than 100 years

By Robert Blasiak, Nereus Program Fellow at Stockholm University

Let’s turn the clock back 113 years. The prominent German zoologist Franz Doflein is about to embark on a two-year journey with the dream of becoming one of the first scientists to study the marine flora and fauna of the deep-sea trenches off the coast of Japan. Reports that the Japanese and Russian empires have just declared war on each other are troubling, yet months of preparation cannot be abandoned, and in the summer of 1904, he boards the Prince Heinrich, a steamship bound for East Asia.

XVI Biennial IASC Conference

The International Association for the Study of the Commons’s (IASC) XVI Biennial Conference on ‘Practicing the commons: Self-governance, cooperation, and institutional change’ was held in the heart of Utrecht between July 10 and 14, 2017. 600 participants from all over the world, including Nereus Program Fellow Robert Blasiak (Stockholm University), gathered at the conference