This was his message to the people working in the Centre for Development cooperation at Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, He underlined that he had delivered the same message to NORAD (The Norwegian Development Agency), to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Norway and to the new director of IMR, Sissel Rogne. And he repeated it in the speech he gave to scientists and managers that participated in the weekly seminar held at IMR.
Barange made it clear that he counts on the continuation of this cooperation with the new research vessel Dr. Fridtjof Nansen III and the renewed Nansen Program. –We are about to sign a new Letter of Cooperation between NORAD, IMR and FAO where the roles of the partners are clearly defined and where FAO will be responsible for coordination and implementation of the Nansen Program. That being done, we are ready to contiunue this extremely valuable work, said Barange.
At the seminar, Barange chose to pinpoint the SOFIA-report (The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture). –This report is by far the most used report produced by FAO, he said and added that this makes the staff in his department very proud. He continued to present the trends in the development of the global fisheries and aquaculture industry shown in the report.
-It is alarming to see an increasing part of our fisheries resources being overfished. However, fully utilized stocks can’t be defined as overfished. To add these two numbers and say that nearly 90 % of the global fisheries resources are overfished, makes no sense, said an engaged Barange and pointed out effects of climate change as one of the big challenges in the years to come.
Manuel Barange has cooperated with IMR since the early 90ies. His first article with IMR scientists was with Egil Ona in 1991 and the topic was target strength. Barange has also been the leader of Scicom in ICES and the Globec Program.
-I’ve been asked why I’ve chosen to leave a solid position in science for a position in organisation and management, he told us. –I’m arguing that if you want to make a difference you have to take a position where management meets politics and science. I got this opportunity in FAO and I really look forward to continue the cooperation with Norway, said Manuel Barange.