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Committing to socially responsible seafood

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Science  02 Jun 2017:
Vol. 356, Issue 6341, pp. 912-913
DOI: 10.1126/science.aam9969

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  • RE: Committing to socially responsible seafood
    • Michel J Kaiser, Professor of Marine Conservation Ecology, Bangor University

    This is a timely article that brings together many of the current issues that have bubbled under the surface of the 'sustainable seafood' agenda for the last 10 years. The article perhaps unfairly acuses the scientific community for not anticipating the need for research in this cross disciplinary area. However I would counter that the policy community is not asking the correct questions for the science community to answer. Cross-disciplinary questions are rarely posed to the science community and as a result there is little funding to support such initiatives. A cursory glance at many research funders shows that often they are split by discipline with few opportunities for cross-funding. There is also a mismatch in the availability of data against which we can assess policy performance. While we are well served with longitudinal datasets of natural resource stocks, such data is rarely collected for social metrics and at appropriate spatial scales. While I thank the authors for their article, the question remains 'what can we do about this?' as the solution lies in rethinking of our evidence and policy needs, which then leads to appropriate investment to address these issues in a meaningful manner.

    Competing Interests: None declared.