I am a marine biologist/ecologist, and a professional science communicator. I hold an MSc in Marine Environmental Management, an advance graduate diploma (3/4 of a masters’ program) in Fisheries Resource Management, am currently doing a PhD in marine science. With my strong scientific background, I undertakes extensive research, reading peer-reviewed articles as well as government and NGO documentation for every piece I produce. Outside of academia, I primarily write for a non-specialist audience. I have also undertaken radio interviews, held public presentations, and run public workshops. I write about all aspects of environmental science and conservation, though primarily focus on marine issues including: - Marine Protected Areas - Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Sustainable Seafood - Ocean Management - Climate Change, Ocean Acidification, and the Oceans - Ocean Life and Ecosystems - Human-Centred stories - Pollution and Litter - Management and sustainable use - Ocean Literacy https://www.oceanoculus.com
This week it has been brought to my attention that there is a proposal to dredge for scallops inside a ‘Special Area of Conservation’ located in Cardigan Bay, Wales. This proposal has divided opinions. On Twitter this week Professor Callum Roberts, a marine conservation biologist at the University of York (UK) lamented that there was ”No hope for UK marine conservation if this mad proposal to scallop dredge in a protected area goes ahead” . Dr Magnus Johnson, a Crustacean Fisheries and Ecologist researcher at the University of Hull (UK) quickly countered “It is worth reading the science by first!”, following with a couple of hashtags “#eatmorefish #eatmoreshellfish”. Two scientists, with two opposing views… what is going on?
GLOBAL - With an estimated global value of just over U$84 billion in 2014, the organic industry is projected to grow to an estimated U$131 billion by the end of 2019. Organic food production has been largely dominated by terrestrial farmers, with aquaculture producers producing a lower diversity – and quantity - of organically certified products on the market. Whilst there are some commonalities between aquaculture and terrestrial-farming methods, the differences as not insignificant. As a result, organic aquaculture needs its own regulations and standards. The majority of organic certification schemes are aimed at terrestrial farming, though increasing demand has resulted in the development of organic certification suitable for aquaculturalists. -