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MSU Joins Global Effort to Protect Inland Fisheries


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Michigan State University are collaborating to bring greater awareness of the value and sustainability challenges of inland fisheries around the world.

“As outlined in FAO’s latest report on the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, the challenges facing local inland fisheries – for example, competition for water, dams and diversions that interfere with fish migration, and a changing climate – are global and found in developed and developing countries alike,” said Árni Mathiesen, assistant director-general at FAO.

FAO is working on updating the global state of inland fishery resources and developing new projects. MSU is joining this effort with faculty positions, internships, a visiting scholars and immersive experience program, and an upcoming online course on inland fisheries that will be available to students throughout the world.

Proceedings from a recent meeting of the Committee on Fisheries held in Rome have been published as  “The Rome Declaration: Ten Steps to Responsible Inland Fisheries.” In addition, Freshwater, Fish and the Future, was co-published by FAO, Michigan state University and the American Fisheries Society.

“Rivers in Asia, Africa and South America provide fish that serve as a major food source for millions of people,” said MSU Provost June Pierce Youatt. “These are not people who have the option to buy alternative nutritious foods at the local markets – they live in rural communities in some of the poorest nations on earth and rely on ready access to a plentiful supply of fish.”

With the publication of the proceedings and the Rome Declaration’s ten recommendations, the next step is regional implementation.

– excerpted from Sue Nichols via MSU Today

– more about the initiative at The American Fisheries Society

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