COORDINATION OF EVIDENCE REVIEW REPORT
Food from the Oceans is the first evidence review delivered by the SAPEA Consortium and was led by Academia Europaea, with responsibility for management and delivery of the work given to the Cardiff Hub.
The Hub was responsible for the coordination of the two international working groups, the formal peer review, an expert workshop and public engagement events, as well as the preparation of the report for publication.
The report warns that in our extraction of food from the oceans, ‘business as usual’ is not sustainable from social, economic and environmental viewpoints. The report suggests a number of options, which inform the recommendations of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors Opinion. It states that the only way to obtain significantly more food and biomass sustainably from the ocean is to harvest seafood that on average is from a lower trophic level (lower in the food chain) than we currently harvest.
Both reports were handed over to the European Commission on 29th November 2017 in Brussels. Two European Commissioners, Karmenu Vella (Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and Carlos Moedas (Research, Science and Innovation) were present.
OUTREACH TO RESEARCHERS
- ICES Annual Science Conference, Hamburg, 24-27 September 2018
- Society and the Sea conference, London, 6-7 September 2018
- 5th International Marine Conservation Congress, Sarawak (Malaysia), 24-29 June 2018
- Academia das Ciências de Lisboa, 23 May 2018
- Shaping European science advice: insights and experience, Policy Symposium, Sofia, 17 May 2018
- 2018 APSafe conference, Asian and European Societies for Agricultural & Food Ethics, and National Taiwan University, Taipei, 10-12 May 2018
- Breakfast briefing at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, 4 April 2018
- North Atlantic Seafood Forum Conference, Bergen, 6-8 March 2018
- Blue innovation: Oceans to Feed the Planet, Science Business Roundtable, Brussels, 27 February 2018
- Norsk kontinentalsokkel fram mot 2050, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo 15 November 2017
- Union of German Science Academies, Hamburg, 5 October 2017
OUTREACH TO POLICYMAKERS
- INGSA 2018, International Network for Government Science Advice, Tokyo, 6-7 November 2018
- AQUA 2018, European Aquaculture Society and the World Aquaculture Society, Montpellier, 25-29 August 2018
- Seafood Expo Global, Brussels, 24-26 April 2018
- Europe, the ocean & feeding the world, Brussels, 20 March 2018
- EU Aquaculture Farmed in the EU Regions, Brussels, 2 February 2018
- European Parliament Hearing on Aquaculture, Brussels, 11 January 2018
- A dive into the blue bioeconomy, H2020 Bioeconomy Policy Day, Brussels, 16 November 2017
OUTREACH TO THE WIDER AUDIENCE
- Cardiff Science Festival, Eat SMART. Eat Food from the Oceans! Event, Cardiff, 2 March 2019
- Swansea Science Festival, Swansea, 3-4 November 2018
- Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival Public Event, Cardiff, 14-15 July 2017
- Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival Public Debate, Cardiff, 14-15 July 2017
- UNESCO Sustainable Gastronomy Day Festival, Bergen, 18 June 2017
- UNESCO Sustainable Gastronomy Day Open Debate, Bergen, 18 June 2017
Our work on public engagement has been particularly innovative. Following the publication of the reports, SAPEA and the SAM Unit jointly produced an infographics-based set of publicity materials, in partnership with the Cardiff-based agency science made simple. A webpage was set up to accompany the leaflet with relevant information on the topic and different downloads, such as a colouring sheet, a poster and the reports.
These materials were launched in June 2018 as part of the World Oceans Day 2018, celebrated in 140 countries at over 1,500 events, and were distributed at 28 local events under the initiative European Maritime Day in My Country 2018. We are also working on their distribution among science festivals, ocean literacy programmes and science communication conferences.
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