With our growing world population we are placing Earth’s natural resources under severe pressure. One of our most pressing challenges will be to feed everyone a balanced and nutritious diet while keeping our effects on the environment to a minimum.

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Dave Little

David Little is currently the Chair of Aquatic Resource Development at the Institute of Aquaculture, University of Stirling and responsible for Internationalisation.

Focus: Research and educational interests focus around the societal impacts of aquaculture and, increasingly, highlighting the importance of seafood in food systems.  As part of the Aquaculture Systems research group at the Institute1, he has developed and coordinated a wide range of research, both externally funded and through postgraduate research with a focus on Asia and Africa.

Background: He has more than 40 years professional experience in the sector.

Notable Accomplishments: He has published widely on the interface between aquatic food production, broader natural resource management and development and been a vocal advocate and practitioner of interdisciplinary systems research2. He has been involved in many expert reviews and consultations such as those relating to Food Futures (UK Government), the potential for innovative feed sourcing strategies, (World Fish Centre), Sustainable Intensification (FAO-NACA), aquaculture certification (WWF, FAO) and the roles of aquaculture in poverty alleviation (DFID).  He has recently been involved in the Blue Foods Assessment3 and continues as a member of the Standards Oversight Committee of Global Aquaculture Alliance and the Aquaculture of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch Aquaculture Technical Committee.

Why Aquaculture: Research and educational interests focus around the societal impacts of aquaculture and, increasingly, highlighting the importance of seafood in food systems.