The SAM (Scientifc Advisory Mechanism) High Level Group (HLG) have recently published a scientific opinion, 'Food from the Oceans', which has been submitted to the European Commission. This Scientific Opinion responds to a request from the European Commission formulated by Commissioner Karmenu Vella (Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) for scientific advice on how more food and biomass can be obtained from the oceans in a way that does not deprive future generations of their benefits.
Philippe Cury was involved in the exercise as an expert and stakeholder representative (as EuroMarine co-Chair).
This Scientific Opinion will inform preparation for the successor of the present European Maritime and Fisheries Fund and, more broadly, policy development and implementation in the coming years to help increase responsible harvesting of food from the ocean.
The Scientific Opinion is based on a detailed analysis of publicly-available scientific evidence and literature as well as close consultation with the scientific community. In particular, it is informed by an accompanying Evidence Review Report produced by SAPEA, an independent, Horizon-2020-funded consortium of European scientific academy networks, which constitutes a key component of the European Commission's Scientific Advice Mechanism.