[ASC-media] Not Plenty More Fish in the Sea

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Fri Aug 6 08:32:31 EST 2004


MEDIA ALERT
6 August 2004

SEA OF PROBLEMS FOR OCEANS AND FISHERIES

Trade Conflicts, Environmental Degradation, Increased Hunger, Seafood
Shortages and Increased Prices

These are some of the problems for the Australasian region in particular if
the rising tide of demand for fish cannot be met over the next 20 years.

“Fish, Aquaculture and Food Security: Sustaining Fish as a Food Supply”, on
11 August in Parliament House Canberra, is an international Crawford Fund
conference that will explore the issues and required action if we are to
maintain supplies of fish for human consumption, the environment and
pleasure.

International speakers and Australian specialists include:

-	Sylvia Earle, Time magazine’s ‘Hero of the Planet’, world-renowned
oceanographer and National Geographic Society explorer-in-residence,
addressing the state of the world’s wild fisheries and their protection;

-	Meryl Williams, Chair of the FAO Advisory Committee on Fisheries Research
and former Director General of the WorldFish Center, talking on solutions to
the problems associated with the rising tide of fish demand;

-	Mahfuzuddin Ahmed, President of the International Institute for Fisheries
Economics and Trade, who will look at the global outlook for fish and what
that may mean for trade, development and prices

-	Roz Naylor from the Center for Environmental Science and Policy at
Stanford University, who will address the range of environmental threats.

-	Geoff Allan, Immediate Past President, World Aquaculture Society, who can
talk on the latest developments, opportunities and threats related to
aquaculture

-	Ted Loveday, Seafood Services Australia Ltd who can speak about the
reasons for the tensions between commercial and recreational fishing

-	Peter Walker, Head of Aquaculture and Aquatic Animal Health, CSIRO who can
talk about the main disease threats to wild and farmed fisheries and ways to
reduce them

-	Barney Smith, Fisheries Program Manager, Australian Centre for
International Agricultural Research, who can talk about the role of R&D in
sustaining the world’s fish

For further information, media statements or to arrange interviews, contact
Cathy Reade on 0413 575 934. The program, bios and abstracts for the event
are at http://www.crawfordfund.org




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