Professor of Fisheries Science, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, 26 Richmond Street, Glasgow, G1 1XH
Coastal and estuarine cities have always had strong connection to the sea. However, these connections change over time as the needs and demands of urban communities evolve. The Firth of Clyde is a large semi-enclosed marine water body which for many centuries has supported the City of Glasgow by providing food, trading and transportation, a sink for urban waste, and recreational space. However, these goods and services have been provided at a cost to the biodiversity of the marine ecosystem and consequently the supply of fresh seafood to the city. This presentation will review the scientific evidence for ecological changes which have occurred in the Firth of Clyde as a result of intensive harvesting and the implications for future exploitation of the living resources in the Firth.
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- Clyde 2020 Summit, 23rd April 2014