Not a prank!

Apr 2016

  Universitetet i Tromsø, Hansine Hansens veg, Tromsø, Norge

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The French term “Poisson d’Avril” (’April fish’ or an ‘April Fool’) was established in the 16th Century when the king moved the start of the year from the end of March to January 1. Those who stubbornly clung to the old calendar system had jokes played on them and a fish attached to their back.

“We hope to give good advice to the seafood industries so they can be prepared for the climate changes”, says Project Leader of ClimeFish, Michaela Aschan. Today, she and her fellow scientists stick paper fish on people’s backs to mark the startup of the Research project that will run for four years.

Climate change is not an April Fool’s Day prank. It is real and is happening right now.  Amongst many other concerns, climate change is threatening the sustainable growth of aquaculture and fisheries worldwide. The world population is growing, and the demand for nutritious and healthy food is increasing. Forecasts indicate an overall decline in global food production due to climate change.