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Scaling of bio-marine resources

An intensive culturing station for aquaculture research is run by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a partner in  EU research  project AQUAEXCEL to help fish farmers become more competitive. © juanafonso

An intensive culturing station for aquaculture research is run by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, a partner in  EU research  project AQUAEXCEL to help fish farmers become more competitive.
© juanafonso

The marine sector is currently, and since several decades, the fastest growing field supply of food and bio products but still contributing approx. 1/50 of the terrestrial based food supply, only.

Øystein Lie

Øystein Lie

Preparing for long term solution to many of the challenges of mankind is urgent: the escalating global food needs, the life style diseases, the foot print impacts of existing production systems and not the least: the world economy is currently tumbling and struggling with recurrent recessions based on overdue non sustainable systems and is hence ready for a new economy paradigm shift from the non-renewable to the renewable one. From fossile based resources to living based resources, from “yesterday oil” to the “new oil”: the sustainable bio economy.

This must involve substantial scaling of production from marine resources because of its favorable foot print structure as well because of documented restrictions on terrestrial based supply.

How can we advance the blue part of the emerging bio economies in a sustainable way and also provide big business opportunities?
 The answer lies in linking the challenges with release of creative innovative power. All empirics tell us that challenges leads to creative solutions provided necessary premises are in place. The latter involves a series of facilitating components, the most important of which is the human resources: education, knowledge, skills, science.

Then there is the enabling technologies, the trans boundary untapped synergy between disciplines and sectors and not the least the willingness of private public partnerships to assemble and collaborate on the critical instruments (human resources, grants, funds, infrastructure, incentives, political and legal frameworks etc.) to foster the very best ecosystem for innovation.