MEP hosts environmental lecture – Fishupdate.com

MEP hosts environmental lecture Published:  11 June, 2008

Ian Hudghton

SNP president, Ian Hudghton MEP has hosted a lecture in the European Parliament highlighting the diverse opportunities and challenges to Europe’s environment and economy emerging from increased knowledge of algae.

The lecture was led by Professor Geoffrey Codd of the University of Dundee, president of the recently formed Federation of European Phycological Societies, a body which brings together experts in the study of algae.

Speaking after the lecture, Mr Hudghton said: “Whilst the public at large is familiar with various marine issues such as the state of fish stocks, whaling and seal hunting, less attention is played to smaller forms of water life.

“However, as today’s lecture showed, algae are a vital part of life both in freshwater and in the sea.

“With algae accounting for an astonishing 50% of the atmosphere’s oxygen, these organisms will clearly play an important role in combating climate change.

“We have also learned that there are opportunities in areas such as biofuels, food production and medical research.

“Scotland clearly has an important role to play in the development of the EU’s maritime policy.

“It’s therefore appropriate that Dundee University is playing an active role in developing knowledge in this area and it is to be hoped that European policy makers use this knowledge to address challenges for the future.”

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