Cefas (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science) provides a broad, multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral understanding of marine science, maritime industries, public and stakeholder engagement and works closely at the science–policy interface. This experience is based on organisational ‘memory’, stretching over a hundred years, combined with state-of-the-art technological developments and continuing research applied to a range of topics of clear relevance to the European citizen. Examples include food security (sustainable fisheries & aquaculture), ecosystem services, ocean health and seafood safety (viruses, bacteria, HABs toxins), habitat protection and seabed mapping (Marine Protected Area and Marine Conservation Zones, trawling, dredging, aggregate extraction, offshore renewables), the impacts of climate change (ocean acidification, species migrations, wave climate), the effects of chemical and radioactive contaminants and marine litter.
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Role of Cefas in COLUMBUS
Cefas will provide inputs into Work Package 8 with other inputs into Work Packages 2 to 6.
Profile of staff engaged in the project:
Silvana Birchenough is a researcher and scientific advisor on issues related to ecology and human activities. She works on understanding of long-term benthic changes resulting from climate change and ocean acidification. Recently, her work has been targeted to understand the potential impacts of multiple-stressors (e.g. temperature, pH changes and metals) on commercial species, generating science-evidence of these expected effects under a changing climate.