An International Master’s Program in Ocean Food Systems Partnering with a Nordic Master’s in Sustainable Production of Marine Bioresources

Theme 4. Education
Session Name 4.7 Fisheries and aquaculture in the Arctic: Opportunities for research and education
Datetime Sep 06, 2018 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM (UTC +3)
Presentation Type Oral
Author(s) Barry Costa-Pierce (University of New England, USA), Kristina Snuttan Sundell (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Abstract text

Ocean foods are the world’s most widely traded foods and are increasingly viewed as vital resources for human health and wellness, but the oceans today produce only 1-4% of human foods. FAO estimates a 2050 global population of 9.7 billion will increase food demands about 70%. The University of New England (UNE, Maine, USA) has developed an international partnership that twins two Master’s programs with the goal of training the next generation of North Atlantic/Arctic leaders in the sustainable development and governance of marine bioresources coming from the rapidly developing North Atlantic and peri-Arctic ocean fisheries/aquaculture food ecosystems. Our partnership includes the University of Akureryi & Holar University College, Iceland, the University of Gothenburg (UGOT), Sweden, and Nord University, Norway. UNE coordinates a Master's in "Ocean Food Systems" while UGOT leads a Nordic Master's in the "Sustainable Production & Utilization of Marine Bioresources". Students will be trained in transdisciplinary approaches and local to global issues in ocean foods common to the North. Through these educational programs students will develop the collaborative skills needed to lead the development of new ocean-based, food innovation economies. Students will have opportunities to conduct research and collaborative projects with seafoods industries, regulatory/management, NGOs, and other ocean organizations in any of the four nations. New models of internet-based global classrooms and problem-based internships will support the development of new leadership necessary to inform and inspire the development of highly innovative ocean food economies in European North Atlantic nations as well as in Maine, USA.

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