Science Advisory Group gets new panel

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Seafish’s Science Advisory Group (SAG) has unveiled its new panel of professionals, chosen to provide high-quality, independent scientific challenge and support for the fishing industry.

The Group is charged with ensuring that Seafish, and therefore the UK seafood industry, has access to the best possible scientific evidence, and where relevant, increased engagement with the scientific community. Its ultimate goal is to encourage greater evidence-based decision making within the sector.

Michel Kaiser, Professor of Marine Conservation Ecology at Bangor University will chair the SAG and will be joined by Andrew Rowley, Professor of Biosciences at Swansea University; Walter Crozier, Independent Member; Neil Auchterlonie, Independent Fisheries and Aquaculture Consultant; Bryce Stewart, Marine Biologist and Lecturer in the Environment Department at University of York; Simon Jennings and Grant Stentiford, representing the Centre for Fisheries, Environment and Aquaculture Science (Cefas); Mike Elliott, Director at the Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies, and Professor of Estuarine & Coastal Sciences, School of Biological, Biomedical & Environmental Sciences at University of Hull.

“Seafish has a critical role to play in the provision of evidence-based advice to the seafood industry and will become an increasingly important provider of future scientific insight,” said Professor Michel Kaiser. “As a result, the SAG has a key responsibility to ensure that Seafish can meet these scientific expectations and will additionally help to develop networks of expertise and foster external collaborations.”

SAG’s aims are to help Seafish access, interpret and understand the full range of relevant scientific information available. It will also make judgements about the relevance, potential and application of this data by providing independent advice on a number of areas, including the strategic direction of, and priorities for, Seafish science and from a science perspective, as well as scientific and technical developments in the field.

“The SAG will guide Seafish’s scientific priorities and strategy by advising the Seafish Board and Sector Panels. We believe it will help enhance the good work already being done within the UK in bringing the scientific and seafood communities closer together in order to achieve long term goals,” added Mr Kaiser.

The first meeting of SAG will take place on 12 November in London.

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