The St Abbs Marine Station has signed a partnership with the University of Edinburgh to ensure more sustainable use of the seas and marine ecosystems.
The five-year collaboration involves researchers from the Schools of Geosciences and Biological Sciences, the Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.
Initial priorities for the new collaboration include:
– developing standards for work on the impacts electro-magnetic fields on marine species
– understanding the implications of a warmer, more acidic ocean with less of the oxygen vital to life
– taking new approaches in aquaculture including developing the concepts of restoration aquaculture so human use and marine ecosystem restoration develop in parallel
– increase opportunities for interdisciplinary marine research, teaching, and innovation
Professor Murray Roberts, Director of Research and Chair of the Joint Working Group between the University and St Abbs Marine Station said:
“As we stand poised at the start of the United Nations decade of ocean science for sustainable development, we have compelling evidence that the oceans are changing faster than at any time in geological history. We have to develop practical plans to manage how we use the seas and restore marine ecosystems that have been degraded by destructive fishing practices or polluted by oil spills, sewage or plastic waste. The St Abbs Marine Station’s setting in the UK’s oldest marine reserve gives us a unique opportunity to tackle these and other problems. I can’t wait to get started!“
Stephen Nesbitt, Chair of Trustees, St Abbs Marine Station said:
“ The major challenges facing the marine environment have never been greater. This new collaboration with the University of Edinburgh will create a platform of scientific excellence through world class research, giving us the knowledge to address the future of our seas and oceans. We are delighted to begin our work together.”
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