Stockholm Resilience Centre will together with Princeton, UNEP, Duke and University of British Columbia form the scientific backbone of a new 9-year programme to study the future of the world's oceans. Photo: M. Almqvist/Azote
Strategies for healthy future oceans
Centre joins Princeton, Duke, UNEP and British Columbia in $13 million research programme.
That over-exploitation of the world's fish resources has caused serious decline in fish populations, and that the current market system drives fisheries to the brink is unfortunately already common knowledge. That this in turn poses a serious threat for coming generations is not exactly difficult to grasp. The challenge then is trying to find ways to secure sufficient access to seafood in the future while not compromising the state of the world's oceans. Raising awareness and building capacity In an attempt to form a vision for the future, Stockholm Resilience Centre will, together with Princeton, Duke, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre and University of British Columbia, form the scientific backbone of a new 9-year programme to study the future of the world's oceans and to monitor the impact of human activities on seafood resources. Launched by the Japanese non-profit Nippon Foundation, the prestigious Nereus programme will engage a variety of international experts in fisheries, climate change, environmental policy, geospatial modelling, marine ecology and socio-economics to boost research collaborations, capacity building and increasing public awareness about fish stock depletion. The centre will specifically help develop new governance strategies for future oceans. This will involve several of the centre's experts on issues like governance structures, networks and technological development. It will also span across most of the centre's research themes. "We are honoured to be part of this significant research investment, and confident it has the necessary human and technical capacity to deliver new insights on how ocean management," says centre researcher Henrik Österblom.
New research positions The programme, which will be officially led by the University of British Columbia, will also support an international education and research network of 30 young marine scientists around the world.
As part of this, Stockholm Resilience Centre will host two new PhD positions and four post-doctoral positions. These researchers will investigate the links between global oceans sustainability, food security and governance, particularly in light of projected substantial increased protein demand due to population growth and per capita consumption. See video revealing the dramatic reduction of fish in the world's oceans over the last 50 years: