Thematic Network on Ocean Food Systems


The Ocean Food Systems Thematic Network focuses on research and teaching centered on the holistic examination of ocean foods value chains in fisheries and aquaculture, the sustainable utilisation of marine resources, and the ecological shifts in marine productivity and/or economic transformations in fisheries markets that we expect due to climate change, technological developments, and shifts in consumer preferences.

We address this goal through an international, interdisciplinary network focused on a comprehensive view of global interactions in evolving Arctic and sub-Arctic fisheries and aquaculture producers and markets. The network is broadly interdisciplinary and international, consisting of natural resource economists, ecologists, risk perception experts, oceanographers, fisheries managers, seafood producers, social scientists, and other individuals with market and regulatory expertise on fisheries.

The network facilitates both horizontal and vertical cooperation in ocean food systems. As such, specific sub-network activities may focus on e.g. a particular set of species, such as Arctic and/or sub-Arctic crabs, or system layers, such as food tourism.



  • Promote student mobility within existing funding-programmes (N2N)
  • Develop joint field schools and masters courses
  • Explore dual and blended degree options


  • Initiate research in the interdisciplinary field of fisheries and aquaculture in the Arctic
  • Open up opportunities for external funding
  • Explore synergies to existing research projects such as Horizon 2020 projects
  • Use the TN to leverage research grants to national and international funding agencies and global philanthropies


  • Build up network of teachers, students and specialists from organizations such as Nordic Council, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), FAO, US Sea Grant, etc.
  • Exchange knowledge and best practice
  • Organize conferences/workshops in the field
  • Apply for funding from Danish UArctic call for establishing the new network
  • Research Activities on crab fisheries particularly for questions:
    1. using differences in climatic and ecological conditions and fishing pressure to investigate compounding effects on crab stocks
    2. investigating changes in regulations and international agreements regarding IUU fishing for crabs
    3. understanding the crabs in socio-cultural context, including its use in tourism across regions
  • Student exhange
  • Professional networking (sharing grant opportunities and knowledge exchange, manage email list)

Other Information

More information and past activities can be found here.

Video interview: Barry Costa-Pierce, former Lead and Catherine Chambers, Vice-Lead of the UArctic Thematic Network on Ocean Food Systems