Over-exploitation of the world’s fish resources has caused serious decline in fish populations, and there is widespread concern that the world oceans will be unable to supply fish products for future generations. Given the importance of marine fisheries for food security throughout the world, this poses a serious threat for coming generations, and we must ask if there will be sufficient seafood for our children and grandchildren.
The Nereus Program was launched on December 6, 2010, to provide scientific advise on these very issues. It is an international research and outreach network, which once fully established will have five leading academic institutions at partners. It is focused on understanding the status of the global ocean and how we can ensure that there will continue to be seafood and a healthy ocean for our children and grandchildren to enjoy.
The program will have three main objectives, each considered of equal importance for the overall outcome of the program:
- Simulating the future ocean – develop scientifically credible simulations of future fish populations and policy options for the world oceans;
- Capacity building – develop research capacity and international cooperation to provide scientifically informed and practical solutions for managing the oceans to the benefit of future generations;
- Public awareness – raise public awareness of the state of the oceans and of what the public, the fishing industry, and the policy makers can do to ensure a sustainable future.