Marine ecologist to chair Marine Fisheries Stakeholder Forum Published: 30 November, 2007
PROFESSOR Michel Kaiser of Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences has been appointed to chair the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (DEFRA) Marine Fisheries Stakeholder Forum.
The Marine Fisheries Stakeholder Forum is a high-level advisory group, which meets to discuss marine fisheries issues and contribute to the development of policies. The Forum, which met for the first time in April 2006, replaces the Stakeholders Advisory Group set up to work on the preparation of Securing the Benefits, which sets out plans for achieving a sustainable and profitable future for UK fishing.
The Forum includes UK representatives of the fishing industry, recreational anglers, Sea Fisheries Committees, Regional Advisory Councils, fish processors, environmental interests and Regional Development Agencies. Meetings are held with DEFRA to discuss matters that fall specifically to DEFRA and with all four Fisheries Administrations to discuss UK-wide issues.
Professor Kaiser’s current research at Bangor University addresses ecological, social and economic disciplines to understand how fishing affects the marine ecosystem and how stakeholders such as fishermen and anglers can continue to pursue their activities in a sustainable manner.
He commented: Achieving sustainable use of the marine environment that strikes the right balance between the needs of stakeholders and conservation objectives is one of the biggest challenges facing marine scientists. This can only be achieved with robust science and the full participation of all those with interests in our marine environment.
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