MSU and the FAO: Making freshwater fish competitive as the world changes

Michigan State University is partnering with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome Jan. 26-28 to bring 212 people from 45 countries to discuss ways to make fish a competitive part of global development.

January 23, 2015

Michigan State University is partnering with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome Jan. 26-28 to bring 212 people from 45 countries to discuss ways to make fish a competitive part of global development, from the Great Lakes that surround Michigan to the Amazon and Vietnam’s Mekong Delta. The Global Conference on Inland Fisheries is Jan. 26-28 at the FAO headquarters.

Eighteen MSU professors and students will be attending and giving talks and poster presentations on topics ranging from governance to food security to law enforcement. MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon will deliver the conference's opening remarks.

"Fish always been representative of how well humans are doing with their environment," said Bill Taylor, University Distinguished Professor in Global Fisheries Systems in MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability. "It's time for us to make a move and speak for the fish to have them valued along with power, commercial, agriculture and other competition for water."

To read more, visit MSU and the FAO. at http://csis.msu.edu/content/Fish_MSU-FAO. We’re also on LiveScience: http://www.livescience.com/49576-freshwater-fish-disappearing.html, which includes a photo gallery.

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