Collaboration to help unlock solutions to global food security

Liza Mayer
February 01, 2018
The project brings together scientists to help address global food security
The project brings together scientists to help address global food security Global Education
A collaborative effort between the Centre for Environment, Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (Cefas) and the University of Exeter was launched in late October by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove. The intent is to bring together world scientists “to ensure the key challenges facing sustainable growth of the aquaculture industry are better understood, both at home and internationally.”

The centre will focus on aquatic animal health, food safety and protection of the aquatic environment – “in support of international food security and sustainable ‘blue’ growth.”

Key issues to be addressed include:
  • Providing scientific support to reduce the $6 billion annual losses due to disease in aquaculture;
  • Providing evidence and tools to ensure that fish, shellfish, crustaceans and seaweeds produced in the global industry are safe to eat;
  • Understanding how cutting-edge molecular diagnostics, pathology, animal breeding, and nutrition can be applied to assist seafood farmers, particularly in “more vulnerable societies;” and
  • Ensuring that aquaculture is developed sustainably, for the benefit of communities, economies and the environment.
Cefas noted in its release that “for the first time, UK government and academic science related to aquaculture sustainability (were) coming together in support of development and consolidation of the global industry.”

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