Sunday, May 27, 2018

28/05/2018: Protecting marine resources

by Roger Gilbert, Publisher, International Aquafeed

Seeking a shared vision, a collaborative framework and finding synergies

Edinburgh’s elite in terms of its experts in climate change, marine sciences, geo-science and conservation turned out on a warmish early-April Sunday evening in the heart of the city to welcome HSH Prince Albert I of Monaco and the ninth Monaco Blue Initiative (MBI).

Addressing delegates at an opening reception at the National Museum of Scotland, prior to the one-day conference, were Bernard Fautrier and Robert Calcagno, the vice-president of the Price Albert II of Monaco Foundation and the CEO of the Oceanographic Institute respectively.

In ‘Icebreaker’ comments, Robert Calcagno, the CEO of the Oceanographic Institute, noted that “on one side is aquaculture, the fastest growing marine activity worldwide” and which inevitably is a cause of pollution for the sea while on the other side, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are proving to be “the main framework to organise our activities for the sea while giving marine life central attention.”

He explained that 100 centuries after humans turned from hunting and gathering to growing and breeding animals on land we have turned our attention to marine species and the seas.

“When aquaculture happens in an ocean already under high pressure the challenges are really high.

“To meet this challenge tomorrow we must recognise how lucky we are to have an outstanding panel of highly experienced and talented people,” attending this year’s MBI in Scotland he added.

He made special note of how critical it is to add a new generation of postgraduate students and young professionals to the meeting and he thanked them for their participation.

“Transferring and fostering a passion for the sea is of utmost importance.

“The purpose of the MBI is to bring together various generations, backgrounds and disciplines to build a shared vision and a collective framework for action,” he added.

From father to great, great grandson
Professor Peter Mathieson, the principle and vice-chancellor of the University, who has been in post for just two months, was “thrilled and honoured” that the University had been chosen to host the ninth edition of the MBI and which “brings us together in friendship and cooperation” with regard to marine sciences.

Edinburgh and its university has a long and distinguished relationship with Monaco and the Monaco Oceanographic Institute and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

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