Philippe Cury

senior scientist at IRD

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Philippe CURY is a senior scientist at IRD (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement) in France working in marine ecology and fisheries. He was the Director of the CRH (Centre de Recherche Halieutique Méditerranéenne et Tropicale) based in Sète France, of the Unit of research (UMR-EME 212 between IRD-Ifremer and University Montpellier 2, between 2004-2014. He is, with Catherine Boyen (CNRS), the scientific Director of Euromarine Consortium that leads research on building scenarios for marine ecosystems at the European level. He has a PHD in Biomathematics (University of Paris VII-Jussieu, Paris - 1989) and an HDR (Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches – 2007) from the University of Montpellier 2.

Since 1980, he has been working in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, California and South Africa to analyse the effect of climate on fisheries and how to implement the ecosystem approach to fisheries. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles in the main international journals (Science, TREE, Ecology Letters….) and produced 19 books or book chapters. He has organized several International symposia (e.g., FAO - Coping with global change in social ecological systems, Rome, SCOR-IOC-UNESCO WG 119 on indicators for ecosystem approach to fisheries), ICES ‘Ecosystem effects of fishing’, Montpellier-1999). Philippe Cury has received several distinctions such as The National Scientific Philip Morris Prize obtained in 1991 (Life Science Prize), The National Scientific “Médaille d’Océanographie Française” obtained in 1995 from the scientific committee of the Prince Albert Monaco Museum of Oceanography, the Gilchrist medal obtained in 2002 (South African Marine Award) and the Trophee 2012 for best scientific achievement at Ifremer and the IRD scientific achievement in 2013. He is the author of ‘Une mer sans poissons’ published by Calmann-Levy and translated into Japanese, Chinese and Catalan in 2008 and of ‘mange tes méduses’ published by Odile Jacob with Daniel Pauly in 2013. He is presently policy officer for IRD  at the CLORA-Bruxelles.

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How marine fisheries can minimize climate impacts

Fish provides the main source of animal protein for a billion people. Demand is increasing and it is one of the most traded renewable resources in the world. In the coming decades, there will be severe disruptions to the geographical distribution of fish and ecosystem dynamics. This will have an impact on world fisheries and threatens to jeopardize food security in a number of countries in the South. Maintaining healthy and productive marine ecosystems is consequently a critical issue.


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