PML’s Director of Science, Prof. Manuel Barange, has been invited to be an expert panellist at the 15th United Nations Open-Ended Informal Consultative Process on “Oceans and the Law of the Sea” in New York, which runs from 27th to 30th May 2014.
The focus of discussions will be “The role of seafood in global food security” and Manuel has been asked to contribute as one of six internationally renowned experts to “Panel Segment 3: Opportunities for, and challenges to, the future role of seafood in global food security”, with a talk on Wednesday 28th May 2014 entitled “The role of the ocean in securing food for nine billion people.”
The aim of the presentation is to provide a scientific perspective on the opportunities and challenges relating to the future role of seafood in global food security in the face of climate change. This follows Manuel’s recent publication in Nature Climate Change on the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystem production in societies dependent on fisheries and the provision of evidence on food security to the Parliamentary and Scientific Committee on Marine Science in March 2014.
Panel Segment 3 is also expected to:
• highlight the importance of mainstreaming seafood into global, regional and national measures on food security
• consider human activities that impact the productivity of marine ecosystems, the safety of seafood and the management of such activities
• underline the need for improved fisheries statistics
• draw attention to potential innovations in seafood production
• underscore the potential roles of aquaculture and small-scale fisheries in global food security
• consider postharvest processing, distribution and marketing
• highlight issues relating to capacity-building, knowledge exchange, cooperation and collaboration
Manuel will be joined by other international marine resource experts, including the Chief of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Director of Policy and Science at WWF.
This is the second time in the last year that PML scientists have been invited to this prestigious global meeting. In June 2013 PML’s Dr Carol Turley, was asked to be an expert panellist at the 14th meeting. This meeting concentrated on the impact of increasing ocean acidification on the marine environment and people, with a focus on the scientific and technical aspects of ocean acidification, its effects and activities to address them and how the issue may be more effectively addressed in the future.