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Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Summer Workshop

Nereus Fellow Rebecca Asch (Princeton) will be attending the Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry (OCB) Summer Workshop in Woods Hole, Massachusetts...
July 25 - July 28
Redfield Auditorium and Clark 5

CINVESTAV Lecture in Merida

Nereus Director (Science) William Cheung has been invited to give a lecture at the Centre for Research and Advanced Studies...
July 25 - July 26

Policy Forumview all

  • Fiery Cross Reef -- an artificial island created by China. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
    Instability in the South China Sea: Ecosystem challenges and political complexities

    One of the most significant – and increasingly bitter – international disputes of recent years has engaged legal claims over maritime territory in the South China Sea. Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 1982 (UNCLOS), to which the main protagonists are parties, states are entitled to claim an Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) conferring sovereign rights and jurisdiction up to 200 nautical miles of maritime space from their coasts. In the South China Sea, however, this position has been complicated by historical claims over a series of small islands and reefs within the southern section of this area.

  • Image: "Aquaculture" by Michael Chu, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.
    Five key aspects of sustainable aquaculture: Can aquaculture help tackle global food security, especially in Africa?

    by Muhammed Oyinlola, Nereus Fellow

    Aquaculture, the farming of aquatic species, is gradually becoming an important aspect of solving the challenge of global food security. The supply of seafood from fisheries is declining; fish stocks can only be increased if we reduce our fishing pressures, yet governments continue to subsidize the fishing industry for us to fish more. Hence, the open window we have is aquaculture. My argument is that we need to change from hunting in the ocean to farming the oceans just the way we changed hunting on land to producing animal protein by farming. Can aquaculture be our best option to increase the seafood supply for the world’s ever increasing population?

  • Brexit boats on Thames - "BoatLeave - 03" by Garry Knight
    What effects will Brexit have on the UK’s fishing industry? Uncertainties facing policy, science and society.

    In the lead up to last week’s referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain in the European Union, immigration often seemed to be at the forefront at the debate. But the fishing industry was also a hot topic, even leading to demonstrations and bitter exchanges on the impact of EU membership, including from boats on the Thames. With the UK voting to leave the EU, there is a lot of uncertainty for the future of fisheries. Here are some areas, affecting policy, science and society, where the impacts may be felt.