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Food from the ocean; towards a research agenda for sustainable use of our oceans’ natural resources

Food from the ocean; towards a research agenda for sustainable use of our oceans’ natural resources

Category
Academic article
Abstract
By 2050 it is expected that food, clean drinking water and sustainable energy has to be produced for a world
population of close to 10 billion people. Our seas and oceans represent 71% of earth's surface, yet its space and
resources today are not sustainably utilised to their full extent. The importance of the use of the marine environment
is within the EU widely acknowledged and reflected in such agendas as the EU Blue Growth strategy,
the Food 2030 agenda and the Food from our Oceans vision. In order to substantiate the vision to increasingly
feed the world population from our oceans, a foresight exercise was implemented to construct an agenda of the
science needed in the realm of fisheries, aquaculture and seafood. This resulted in a research agenda that is
logically argued and based on an analysis made by stakeholders and experts which led to the identification of
priorities having a scientific analytical basis as well as a societal reference. The process and the results of this
foresight exercise are presented and are put in the wider context of Europe's research agenda towards 2050. In
order to bring about the required Blue Revolution, substantial effort should be rendered to the science and
innovation needed to support this development.
Language
English
Author(s)
  • Luc van Hoof
  • Gianna Fabi
  • Vegar Johansen
  • Josien Steenbergen
  • Xabier Irigoiene
  • Sarah Smith
  • Dennis Lisbjerg
  • Gerd Kraus
Affiliation
  • Netherlands
  • National Research Council
  • SINTEF Ocean / Administrasjon
  • IKERBASQUE - Basque Foundation for Science
  • AZTI-Tecnalia
  • Technical University of Denmark
  • Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institut
Year
2019
Published in
Marine Policy
ISSN
0308-597X
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
105
Page(s)
44 - 51