Arctic Frontiers side event: Food from the Ocean and Ocean Science for Sustainable Development – Bridging the Decades

Seafood has an important role in order to achieve the United Nation’s sustainability goal to eradicate hunger by 2030. Seafood from the Artic should be on the agenda.

2021 marks the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, while we are half way through the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016–2025). Safe and healthy seafood for all is important, and to achieve this, sustainable harvesting and sourcing novel resources are vital.

The ocean is a pillar of life, as well as an under-recognized provider of nutritious food and livelihoods. One of many important roles of the Arctic is to contribute to sustainable food production from land and sea. Increased global availability and consumption of aquatic food may prevent hidden hunger, malnutrition and help combat non-communicable diseases. The potential of an increased seafood harvest may include lower trophic level, aquaculture and new marine resources to enhance the marine biomass in fish feed. Thus, it is timely to start a discussion on how to increase the marine food production, including from the Arctic, at the same time as we preserve the integrity of the marine ecosystem.

The Institute of Marine Research and UiT The Artic University of Norway hereby invite you to our open webinar which is a side event to Artic Frontiers 2021. Please register for the side event here.

Arctic Frontiers is an international conference which addresses the most pressing issues facing the Artic. Participants include academics, decision makers and representatives from industry. One of the main themes for Artic Frontiers 2021 is «Building Bridges», and the conference is being held digitally 1st–4th of February. 

Program:

Speakers (7 x 5 min)

  1. Challenges and possibilities from an Arctic perspective (Alf Håkon Hoel, Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
  2. Inuit food security; challenges and solutions (Shirley Tagalik, Aqqiumavvik Society, Arviat, Nunavut, Canada)
  3. Management and sustainability of fisheries in the Arctic. (Geir Huse, Institute of Marine Research, Norway)
  4. ClimeFish – The effects of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture in the Arctic (Michaela Aschan, Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
  5. Aquaculture in the Arctic – challenges and possibilities. (Geir Lasse Taranger, Research Director, Institute of Marine Research, Norway)
  6. From salmon feed to human health - challenges and possibilities (Mads Martinsen, Director product development and sustainability, Skretting, Norway)
  7. MEESO - Can organisms living deep in the oceans be exploited in an ecologically and economically sustainable way, or are they too vulnerable? (Webjørn Melle, Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway)

Q&A (10 min)

Coffee break (5 min)

Panel debate (30 min) Moderator, Gro-Ingunn Hemre, Research Director, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Panelists (alfabetical order):

Pål Arne Bjørn, Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Alf Håkon Hoel, Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Marit Reigstad Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Sissel Rogne, Professor CEO Institute of Marine Research, Norway

Shirley Tagalik, Aqqiumavvik Society, Arviat, Nunavut, Canada

Geir Lasse Taranger, Research Director, Institute of Marine Research, Norway

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Information
When: 27. January 2021 kl. 15.00–16.30
Where: Arctic Frontiers
Location / Campus: Digital
Target group: Students, Guests, Employees
Contact: Edel Elvevoll