IRAS Webinar – The Hype and Realities of Aquaculture in Your Community

April 14, 2021

April 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm EDT, 4:00 CDT

Dr. Barry A. Costa-Pierce, Professor of Ocean Food Systems, School of Marine & Environmental Programs, University of New England (UNE), Biddeford, Maine.

Respondent: Dr. Jane B. Ward, OD, MD, MPH, Adjunct Asst Professor. at the Uniformed Services    University of Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland

Presentation Overview

Almost every month the press announces a new, usually large-scale, aquaculture development planned for a community near you, especially if you live on the world’s marine coasts or freshwater great lake. Stories usually lead with the background to the local development that: (a) because of the huge demand for food for a growing world population to 2050 and beyond, we need aquaculture here in your place; and ever more so as the world’s fisheries (and those here locally) have collapsed; and (b) aquaculture has been growing so fast, the world (meaning, you) now get half of its (and your) fish/seafood from aquaculture. Maps are often attached to these press reports that show dots scattered across a coastal area, proving aquaculture’s massive proliferation and implications that it is urgent/vital for you to vote to give it’s proliferation more space. That’s the hype. What’s the reality? This talk will explore some inconvenient truths and discuss the realities of ocean aquatic food production in 2021 and realistic scenarios for our future.

Bio of the Speaker

Barry Antonio Costa-Pierce is the Henry L. & Grace Doherty Endowed Professor of Ocean Food Systems and the Program Coordinator the UNE Graduate Program in Ocean Food Systems, a partnership with two universities in Iceland. He is a marine ecologist with broad research interests in how fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood value chains throughout the world interact locally with marine ecosystems, businesses, and people. His current research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy is on the bioengineering of seaweed aquaculture systems. He has worked as an aquaculture and fisheries research scientist and policy expert for international education and research organizations, banks, such as the Food & Agriculture Organization and The World Bank, and for universities throughout the World, having lived long-term for in Asia, the Pacific Islands, Africa, and the Americas, and, more recently, in Europe. In 2017, Barry Antonio was selected by the Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry as the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Professor at the University of Gothenburg, where he now serves as a Senior Advisor to the Director. He served for 20 years as Editor for Aquaculture, the top science journal in this field. Barry is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists.

The IRAS webinar is FREE but registration is required: