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Sea and Society talks is a lunch seminar series focusing on the UN sutainable development goals. The seminars link goal 14 "Life below water" with the other 16 goals. The idea is to give a short introduction to the topic and invite to discuss how researchers at the University of Gothenburg and Chalmers can help in achieving a sustainable society.


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Per Hallén: Introduction of steam trawlers in Swedish fishing - the untold story

Free and equal fishermen lived along the coast and developed their business without influence from companies. This is how Swedish fishing has often been described - but the reality was another.

Swedish industrialists followed the British fishing model with steam trawlers organized within the framework of limited companies. These came to dominate for several decades - a forgotten era.

Per Hallén, Senior lecturer in Economic History at University of Gothenburg, links together SDG 14 with SDG 4, Quality Education and SDG 8, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

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Eva Maria Jernsand: Can innovation arenas for tourism contribute to development of coastal societies?

Tourism creates opportunities for development, but it also creates conflicts of goals and interests, for example between conservation and economic aspects. Two concepts frequently used in the debate are innovation and collaboration. Different actors must contribute their knowledge to create opportunities and solve problems.In other areas, such as urban planning, there are various arenas for innovation, however, in tourism they are rare.

This talk presents an overview of co-creation and innovation literature in tourism. It also provides examples of innovations arenas, such as cities, science parks and labs, for guidance and inspiration, particularly on the subject of maritime tourism.

Eva Maria Jernsand, researcher in marketing and tourism at School of Business, Economics and Law, links together Sustainable Development Goal 9 (Innovation, Industry and Infrastructure) with Sustainable Development Goal 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

29 November: Sea cucumbers in multi-trophic aquaculture – could it be possible in Sweden?

Currently, conventional aquaculture in open cages provides a significant amount of protein, but at the same time, the environment is adversely affected by nutritional release via feed for fish, crayfish and mussels. But the environment is also adversely affected by genetic, pathological and parasitic interactions with wild populations and by the use of wild-caught fish in feed production. Thus, there is an urgent need to develop new, high-productivity cultivation models without exceeding the system-specific carrying capacity.
In this seminar I will present a multi-trophic system which could potentially work in Sweden.

Ellen Schagerström is engaged in the SWEMARC project Cirkulär, studying the lifecycle of the red sea cucumber Parastichopus tremulus and attempting to develop a breeding protocol for this species. She has previously been working with reproduction in macroalgae, with emphasis on fucoids in the Baltic Sea. She is currently doing a post doc at The University of Gothenburg.

This talk links Sustainable Development Goal 14 (life below water) with goal 12 (Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns).

Please register before October 25 for free lunch sandwich

Time:11:50 - 13:00

Location: Bioteket, The Botanical building, Carl Skottbergs gata 22B, Gothenburg

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Previous Talks

15 October: Protection of the last frontiers - Why should Sweden be politically engaged in the deep sea and Antarctica?

There are a lot of international conventions, informal and formal legislative "bodies" where Sweden is engaged. In our immediate surroundings we find OSPAR and HELCOM.
BBNJ and CCAMLR are two other "bodies" where Sweden currently contribute. What are they and why has Sweden committed to contribute to this work, far away from the shallow waters surrounding our coastlines? In this seminar I will give a brief overview of the history and current areas of conflicts within BBNJ and CCAMLR.

Thomas Dahlgren is engaged in projects studying the impact on the marine environment from industrial activities including deep-sea mining, offshore wind farms, oil and gas exploitation and aquaculture. He is an expert in marine biodiversity with emphasis on bottom living invertebrates. He is an associate professor at The University of Gothenburg.

9 May: Sustainable management of lost fishing gear

Marine plastic pollution is a growing problem. Fishing gear like nets and ropes are among the most common plastic debris found in beach litter surveys. Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear may cause ghost fishing or other harm. How can it be managed?

In this Sea and Society Talk, Herman Andersson and Håkan Eggert from the Department of Economics will analyze various possible policy instruments to reduce marine pollution from both recreational and commercial fishing gear. They discuss the pros and cons of potential approaches like extended producer responsibility, deposit-refund systems and actively searching and pick up of abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear.


Allison Perrigo: Biodiversity on land and in the seas

Earth s biodiversity inhabits everything from the deepest troughs in the sea, to the mountaintops of the Andes and Himalaya and even extends up into the atmosphere. But how do the UN*s SDGs deal with biodiversity?

Goal 14 (Life Under Water) and Goal 15 (Life on Land) explicitly address our need to understand and protect Earth's biodiversity in a framework that will allow this diversity to exist into the future. Hear Allison Perrigo from the GGBC talk about this research, and how it all ties into the SDGs:



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