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New UEA-Cefas alliance launched
Date:4/11/2008

interdisciplinary science and technology to deliver sustainable outcomes which are fundamental actions underpinning Cefas vision to make a real difference for society.

This step-change in our existing relationship offers mutual benefit to both partners. It will provide access to funding and influence that could be very beneficial for our understanding of key scientific and environmental issues.

UEA and Cefas have a long and successful history of collaboration in teaching and research, covering both the fisheries and broader environmental/coastal management sectors.

Recent research collaborations between the two institutions have:

  • Supported the development of modified fishing gears, which in trials reduced discards (non-targeted commercial fish caught but thrown back dead) by two thirds.
  • Revealed that more than half of the coral reef fisheries in island communities around the world are being exploited unsustainably.
  • Discovered high concentrations of phytoplankton, a continual food source, in large areas of the North Sea, thus offering a new understanding of how ecosystems function.

Ongoing work that will provide tangible, practical outcomes which will make a real difference to individuals and communities, and for sustainable marine and coastal environments include:

  • Coastal erosion and managed re-alignment of the coast
  • The impact of climate change on fish growth and stocks in general
  • Nutrient supply from rivers and sediment storage in estuaries.


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Contact: Simon Dunford
s.dunford@uea.ac.uk
44-016-035-92203
University of East Anglia
Source:Eurekalert

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