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Location: Auditorium Max Weber - Parkstraat 51 - Leuven, Belgium
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- KU Leuven (KULeuven), more, organiser
- Koninklijk Museum voor Midden Afrika (KMMA), more, organiser
- Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen (IRScNB/KBIN), more, organiser
- Vlaamse overheid; Beleidsdomein Landbouw en Visserij; Instituut voor landbouw- , visserij en voedingsonderzoek (ILVO), more, organiser
- Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more, organiser
The ocean and coastal seas have always been a wealthy source of fish, shellfish and crustaceans. But the increasing efficiency of fishing techniques and the ever increasing scale of the fishing sector outgrew the sustainability of the system. As a result, today’s waters are empty compared to the oceans of the past.
The fisheries biologist Daniel Pauly was one of the first to confront us with the reality of the world-wide overfishing problems. In the course of his scientific career, he developed models and instruments to quantify the far-reaching effects of the fishing industry on the fish stocks and the marine and freshwater ecosystems. It was Pauly who developed the concept of ‘fishing down the foodweb’ describing the phenomenon of the over-exploitation of long-lived predatory fish, like tuna and cod, finally leading to a shift in fishing the smaller pelagic species and invertebrates at lower trophic levels. He is co- founder of the world’s largest online fish encyclopedia ‘FishBase’ and is now leading ‘The Sea Around Us’ project that collects and redistributes world-wide data on marine ecosystems. During his career he published several books and more than 500 scientific papers, of which many in high standing journals like Science and Nature.