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Talk by Prof Stuart Rogers 'Protecting and exploiting the marine environment: have we got the balance right?' The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds on Thurs 23 November 2023

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At The Guildhall in Bury St. Edmunds on Thurs 23 November for a talk given by Prof Stuart Rogers. Stuart is the former Chief Scientist at Cefas (the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science), an Executive Agency of Defra. He spent his career at Cefas where he tackled some of the biggest challenges facing the world’s ocean and society including food security, climate change, nature loss and pollution. His achievements include advising on UK policy and EU Directives necessary to achieve good environmental status, and in developing the first UK Marine Strategy in 2015. In 2020 he led advisers in the complex EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement fisheries negotiations, and provided scientific leadership during the establishment of the UK’s Overseas Territory Blue Belt Programme in 2016. By 2020 this had designated over 4.3million sqkm of Marine Protected Areas.

The talk will give an introduction to Cefas, describe early discoveries in UK fisheries and oceanography, and give an overview of research highlights. The talk will address how to achieve sustainable development of our seas and ocean, and will explain how and why decisions are made to protect our seas, and to exploit goods and services for societal gain.

The programme for the event is;

2.00pm: Meet at The Guildhall, Guildhall Street IP33 1PR for a 2.30pm start. Ram Meadow car park, IP33 1XP is a 10 minute walk to The Guildhall. All day parking charge is £3 and the RingGo parking ap location code is 4483.

2.30pm: Talk by Professor Stuart Rogers in The Old Court Room.

3.45pm: Tea/coffee and cake in The Banqueting Hall.

The cost is £20 per person.

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