Legal pathways towards sustainable blue food systems in the aquaculture sector

Interdisciplinary workshop and roundtable discussion 10 January 2024

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The workshop, organized by Mathilde Morel on January 10th 2024, as a part of her PhD project and preparatory work for her PhD midway presentation, aimed to convene experts within the realm of blue food systems with the overarching objective of exploring viable pathways toward sustainability transitions. The reason for this inquiry stems from the escalating recognition that contemporary food systems are increasingly linked to adverse environmental and socioeconomic repercussions, contributing substantially to approximately 30% of global greenhouse gas emissions. This imperative for change is driven by numerous factors, including the climate crisis, rapid urbanization, evolving dietary preferences, and the expansion of the global population. Consequently, a foundational shift towards food systems characterised by diminished environmental impacts and carbon footprints becomes imperative. Furthermore, aligning with the Agenda 2030, there is an urgent call for expeditious adoption of a more resource-efficient bioeconomy within the world's food systems. Within this context, the integration of sustainable blue food systems, particularly in food producing sectors such as aquaculture, emerges as a critical facet of the solution. Despite the prevailing inclination towards augmenting sea-based food consumption through diverse blue growth strategies, it is crucial to ensure that unsustainable practices inherent in land-based food systems, are not replicated in marine environments. To actualize sustainable blue food systems in the aquaculture sector, the realization of resilient, equitable, and enduring solutions is paramount. The anticipated outcome of this investigative endeavour is rooted in the understanding that the application of legal and regulatory mechanisms can wield substantial influence in the transition process. Such mechanisms are integral to the formulation of comprehensive aquaculture management strategies that strike a judicious balance between safeguarding, rehabilitation, and utilization. The workshop constitutes a key touch base activity and outcome for the project SECURE, UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

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Author Biographies

Margherita Paola Poto, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Researcher, Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea, Faculty of Law, team member of the project SECURE

Mathilde Morel, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Faculty of Law and the Norwegian Centre for the Law of the Sea, team member of the project SECURE

Edel Elvevoll, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

The Norwegian Fisheries College, P.I. of the project SECURE

Ole Kristian Fauchald, Fridtjof Nansen Institute

Fridtjof Nansen Institute, LOCATION project

Sigrid Eskeland Schütz, University of Bergen

Faculty of Law, P.I. of project DeWIndSea

Sofie Elise Quist, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Norwegian Center for the Law of the Sea

Lena Schøning, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Norwegian Center for the Law of the Sea

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2024-02-01

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Poto, M. P., Morel, M., Elvevoll, E., Fauchald, O. K., Eskeland Schütz, S. ., Quist, S. E., & Schøning, L. (2024). Legal pathways towards sustainable blue food systems in the aquaculture sector : Interdisciplinary workshop and roundtable discussion 10 January 2024. Septentrio Reports, (1). https://doi.org/10.7557/7.7388

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