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Fisheries of the Future

Pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss are all threatening our sustainable use of marine resources – at the same time we need seafood. It’s a conundrum! Could lights help by deterring the wrong fish from getting into nets? Can AI zap the virulent sea lice that plague fish farmers? And how do zebrafish bridge the gap between aquaculture and medicine?

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The UN reports the world’s population is more than three times larger than it was in the mid 20th century, and food security is a growing concern. So, we need to harvest more food from the ocean, while preserving stocks and ensuring biodiversity. One solution is fish farming. Farmed fish have one of the lowest carbon, animal protein footprints, and fish are nutritious. But there are drawbacks. Another solution is to use technology to enhance the fishing process so that we fish more smartly. But this episode is not just about how fish can feed us – it’s also about what fish can teach us. Our three guests whose work has been supported by EU funding, can tell you more! Rachel Tiller is a chief scientist and director of biodiversity and area use, a strategic research programme run by SINTEF Ocean, based in Trondheim, Norway. She was the coordinator of the SMARTFISH project, which has put innovative tools in the hands of the fishing community to help them catch what they are intending to catch and register the content more simply. Margaret Rae is the managing director of Konree Innovation, based in Galway, Ireland. The company aims to harness the latest technological approaches to improve the health and welfare of farmed fish. It hosted the Game Changer project which used innovative technology to reduce the outbreaks of sea lice, a virulent pest that is holding back the aquaculture industry. Marc Muller, now retired, was a senior assistant professor at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS), working at the University of Liège. He studies gene regulation and developmental biology in various species, mostly focusing on skeleton formation in zebrafish, and coordinated the BioMedaqu project.

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