Damian Maye and Mauro Vigani are currently in Portugal, presenting an update on progress to date on Work Package 2 under the Horizon 2020 SUFISA project.
Damian Mayer and James Kirwan are once again very much involved in the annual RGS-IBG conference, where they are organising a session on food system sustainability and resilience and also co-presenting three research papers.
Matt Reed gave us some ‘fish for thought’ last week on BBC Radio Gloucestershire last week in an interview with Faye Hatcher regarding heavy metals in fish. Matt’s interview can still be listened to until 7 June – read the news article for full information.
Drs James Kirwan, Damian Maye and Mauro Vigani will be attending the second meeting of the SUFISA project in Paris on 15 – 16 December.
The recent release of the 2014 FAO report 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.
Yesterday Defra launched a new call for evidence and invited farmers and fishermen to comment upon how they feel the EU has affected the UK national interest.