What to do in Edmonton while waiting…

What to do in Edmonton while waiting…

A small group of us have been here in Edmonton since last Thursday – getting ready for the15th Biennial IASC international conference.  It’s been a long few days of meetings for the Executive Council, held before all the delegates join us in Edmonton, Alberta. A lot of time has been taken up reviewing the proposals for the next few regional conferences (Rome in November, Berne, and then Alaska) and exploring options for developing the Association.

Checking in early…a first glimpse of Edmonton

CCRI’s John Powell will be spending the next 10 days in Edmonton, Alberta at the International Association for the Study of the Commons’ (IASC) 15th Biennial Global Conference ‘The Commons Amidst Complexity and Change’ which takes place on May 25-29, 2015. He is president-elect of IASC and will be writing a series of blogs reflecting on the event. Here are John’s initial thoughts: 

Marine fisheries – locally important commons resources with global impacts and challenges for management

Marine fisheries – locally important commons resources with global impacts and challenges for management

The recent release of the 2014 FAO report[1] on the State of World Fisheries clearly demonstrates the value of fishing around the globe, and the increasing importance of fish as a source of food. The report notes a significant increase in fish consumption worldwide from under 10kg/capita in the 1960s to 19.2kg/capita in 2012, and that since the early-1990s aquaculture production has steadily increased as a proportion of total fish consumed, while the amount from capture has stabilised, suggesting we may have reached the limits of fishing from natural ecosystems production in many parts of the world.