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Issue 52 of the research*eu results magazine: Fish or seafood: feeding humanity while maintaining nature's balance

The latest research*eu results magazine is now available in free, accessible PDF.

Humanity’s tendency to overuse available resources is one of the most important problems it has ever had to face. Marine ecosystems are no exception: according to the WWF, the global fishing fleet is two to three times larger than what our oceans can sustainably support. Various studies indicate that around 85 % of global fish stocks are over-exploited, depleted, fully exploited or recovering from depletion. Whether this gloomy perspective is an inexorable part of our future is, luckily, still open for debate. In Europe, the new common fisheries policy (CFP) aims to prevent such outcome by making sure that EU citizens are provided with a stable, secure and healthy food supply over the long term with a prosperous fishing sector. Tackling overfishing and promoting aquaculture are two cornerstones of this vision — also supported by investment under FP7 and Horizon 2020. This edition of the research*eu results magazine puts some of the most recent and representative EU-funded research projects under the spotlight, with one main underlying question: are we any closer to striking a sustainable balance between fish preservation and easy access to seafood? Other topics in this edition include the following highlights: - Novel methods to evaluate fish response to stress - STEM resources repository helps improve teaching across Europe - Flexible, cost-effective and efficient LED lighting panels and solar cells - Newly published findings show species-diverse forests bring greater ecological benefits - Major scientific breakthrough with the creation of the first biological supercomputer - Novel packaging products for a circular economy - Genetic markers signal increased crop productivity potential - A quantum leap for the next generation of superconductors The research*eu results magazine is the main source of information for all findings related to EU-funded science projects. It covers a large spectrum of topics including biology and medicine, environment, energy, transport, ICT, industrial technologies, social sciences and space. It is published 10 times per year in English. For more information, sign up for a free subscription and to download the new edition, please visit:


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