Join the debate on the future of seafood at ‘Wageningen by Sea’

Published on
April 3, 2017

On April 19, May 17 and June 21, Wageningen University & Research organises ‘Wageningen by Sea’. For each of these sessions, you are invited to join the open and critical debate on dilemmas associated with seafood production and trade and the use of oceans to feed the world.

The dialogues will be organised in IMPULSE on the Wageningen University & Research campus, Stippeneng 2, Wageningen, on 19 April, 17 May and 21 June from 12:30-13:30.


Each dialogue covers an issue that holds an important global imperative for both fish and people of sustainable capture fisheries and aquaculture production. Each topic will be introduced in 15 minutes by a key note speaker followed by a 5 minute response by one or two co-referents and a dialogue with the audience. It is possible to follow the dialogue session via a livestream and engage in the debate via Twitter: #WURbySea. The sessions will be in English.

19 April: “Sustainable ‘Dutch’ tuna?”

Speakers: Henk Brus (Pacifical) and Hans Nieuwenhuis (Marine Stewardship Council)

17 May: “The Sea as Farm: Food (f)or Thought?’’

Speakers: Dr Henrice Jansen (Wageningen Marine Research) and Prof. dr. Johan Verreth (WU Aquaculture and Fisheries Group)

21 June: “Who owns our fish"

Speakers: Prof. dr Maarten Bavinck (University of Amsterdam) and dr. Luc van Hoof (Wageningen Marine Research)

Worldwide dilemmas

Seafood is considered to be a vital component of a healthy human diet and food security in light of the expected global population growth. While some advocate the need for a blue revolution to feed the world, others express concerns about the global decline of fish resources, adverse effects of fish farming, and the dependency of the European market on seafood production in developing countries and associated local impacts and access to resources.

‘Wageningen by Sea’ will be hosted by Simon Bush (WU Environmental Policy Group), Nathalie Steins (Wageningen Marine Research) and Rolf Groeneveld (WU Environmental Economics and Natural Resources Group).