How can fisheries contribute... PROJECT

Funding Agency: Research Council of Norway
Period: November 2021- October 2025 (48 months)
Lead Partner: University of Bergen

The project “How can fisheries contribute more to a sustainable future?” aims to maximize food production while minimizing its footprint. This project is funded by the Research Council of Norway, as a Collaborative Project to Meet Societal and Industry-related Challenges within the thematic area Sustainable Food Systems. The project is interdisciplinary across biological oceanography, marine ecology, and psychology, with strong involvement of the seafood industry (Fiskebåt), a conservation NGO (Nature and Youth), and Norway’s government agency advising and implementing seafood policy (Directorate of Fisheries). The project duration is four years starting from November 2021, and it is coordinated by Katja Enberg from University of Bergen.

The specific objectives are:

– Use food systems analysis of fisheries as embedded within marine ecology to find ways fisheries can produce more food at reduced climate impact.

– Compare fisheries with other food systems to identify where seafood may alleviate global trade-offs between planetary boundaries.

– Measure and analyse how values, psychological mechanisms, and ethics may foster action and a bottom-up and fact-based transition towards sustainability.

Elena Ojea from Future Oceans Lab is collaborating in the project in WP2 on How do people’s values regarding food production hinder or foster change? where the role of citizen and consumers will be explored with the goal of mapping peoples’ values towards nature and food production across sea and land, as well as at studying people’s beliefs, preferences, judgments, and decisions in the context of sustainable food choices.

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