The Ocean Food Systems Thematic Network focuses on research and teaching centered on the holistic examination of ocean foods value chains in fisheries and aquaculture, the sustainable utilisation of marine resources, and the ecological shifts in marine productivity and/or economic transformations in fisheries markets that we expect due to climate change, technological developments, and shifts in consumer preferences.
We address this goal through an international, interdisciplinary network focused on a comprehensive view of global interactions in evolving Arctic and sub-Arctic fisheries and aquaculture producers and markets. The network is broadly interdisciplinary and international, consisting of natural resource economists, ecologists, risk perception experts, oceanographers, fisheries managers, seafood producers, social scientists, and other individuals with market and regulatory expertise on fisheries.
The network facilitates both horizontal and vertical cooperation in ocean food systems. As such, specific sub-network activities may focus on e.g. a particular set of species, such as Arctic and/or sub-Arctic crabs, or system layers, such as food tourism.