This is an in person only FMIG meeting.
Our Fisheries Management and Innovation Group provides a forum to discuss the key challenges and opportunities facing the UK catching sector. The need to accommodate different marine environment uses is growing, as are concerns about the sustainability of our food production systems. Fisheries policy increasingly needs to be more aligned with wider sustainability objectives, where management systems promote ecological resilience and incorporate a wider use of risk and precautionary approaches. The catching sector increasingly seems to be under pressure on multiple fronts and this meeting will explore some of these challenges in more detail.
Morning session: Trawling for the truth
According to OSPAR, three of the top human pressures on the marine environment come from fisheries activities in terms of the removal of target species, seabed disturbances and the effects on non-target species. Fisheries policy must ensure that fishing does not damage the environment to the extent it compromises either the future of fishing or any other valuable uses of the seas. Equally, broader marine management must ensure that other human activities do not compromise our ability to pursue profitable and sustainable fisheries. Our morning session will cover different views and perspectives on current fishing practices, and will be an opportunity for constructive discussion.
The future for marine protection - current protection and priorities for the future
There are growing spatial demands on the marine environment, with the catching sector increasingly under pressure on multiple fronts. The afternoon session will look at the future for responsible and sustainable growth of marine industries - aligning marine protection and net gain with offshore industry growth, and balancing infrastructure and spatial needs with environmental protection.
Mike Kaiser, Chief Scientist, Heriot-Watt University.
Leah Buckley, GFW
Dr Ian Napier, Senior Fisheries Policy, UHI Shetland.
Rod Cappell, Poseidon.
Robert Clark, Chief Officer, Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities.
Graham Underwood, Professor of Marine and Freshwater Biology, University of Essex/UK Blue Carbon Evidence Partnership (UKBCEP).
Suzannah Walmsley/Emma Wootton, ABPmer.
How to register
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Seafood Issues Groups
The FMIG is one of a number of Seafish-facilitated discussion forums which focus on the integrity of the seafood supply chain. These groups provide a discussion platform for some of the most important issues facing the seafood industry, particularly in relation to the responsible sourcing of seafood. They are an opportunity for all those involved in the seafood supply chain to reach a consensus on common issues.
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