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30 Nov 2017

SAM High Level Group publishes opinion on Food from Oceans

On 30 November 2017 the High Level Group of the Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) has published a new independent scientific opinion on Food from the Oceans. At the request of Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, on behalf of the European Commission, the scientific advisers addressed the question "How can more food and biomass be obtained from the oceans in a way that does not deprive future generations of their benefits?"

Their opinion identifies the potential for a large increase in food obtained from the oceans (up to three or four-fold), in particular from mariculture (the cultivation of marine organisms, such as algae and shellfish, in the ocean). The scientific advisers make a number of policy recommendations on how to realise this potential in a sustainable way, including mainstreaming a responsible culture and capture approach to food from the ocean into EU and global policy agendas, including through integrating EU fisheries and mariculture policies into an overall food production framework.

This Scientific Opinion will inform maritime, fisheries and aquaculture policy development and implementation in the coming years to help increase the quantity of sustainable food coming from the ocean. It will also be considered in the wider context of sustainable food and biomass production from the planet's land and water resources.

SAM Opinion on Food from Oceans

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