Wageningen by Sea dialogue: The Sea as Farm: Food (f)or Thought? (May 17)

Published on
May 4, 2017

On May 17th, the Wageningen by Sea dialogue on 'the Sea as Farm' will take place.

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. These are just a few examples of dilemmas associated with seafood production and trade and the use of oceans to feed the world. This dialogue session will focus on the role of marine aquaculture in global food security. Why is there so much talk about the need for and potential of a blue farming revolution yet is it so difficult to make it happen?

The Wageningen by Sea open lectures are designed to present and critically debate these dilemmas over a series of three dialogue sessions. Each dialogue covers an issue that holds an important global imperative for both fish and people of sustainable capture fisheries and aquaculture production. The dialogues will be organised in IMPULSE on 19 April, 17 May and 21 June from 12:30-13:30h. 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 Wageningen by Sea dialogue sessions 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).

The sessions will be in English.