Episode 901: The Future of Seafood

It is estimated there will be two billion more people on the planet by mid-century. To feed this booming world population, more fish will need to be farmed than ever before. Scientists at the University of Miami’s Experimental Hatchery are developing new and innovative techniques to help meet future demand. The scientists often collaborate with the private sector, including Open Blue, a company that raises cobia along Panama’s Caribbean coast. Open Blue’s approach to farming fish in a sustainable way is to move aquaculture operations offshore – where there is plenty of available space and strong currents flush out the pens to avoid polluting sensitive ecosystems.

Experts

Meet the experts featured in this episode.


Image Credits

Changing Seas would like to thank the following individuals and institutions who kindly allowed their footage, images and other media to be used in this production:

Daniel Benetti, Ph.D.
UM Aquaculture

Open Blue

Oceana

University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

UM Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science- RECOVER

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Pew Oceans Commission

Alfredo Quatro
Mangrove Action Project

Ellen Hines
Marine Photobank

Web Extras

Scientist Studies Nassau Grouper at the University of Miami

Ph.D. Candidate Zack Daugherty studies the feasibility of farming Nassau grouper at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery. The endangered species is a popular food fish with a high market value, and farming Nassau grouper could take pressure off wild populations.

Mahi-mahi Research at the University of Miami

Experts at the University of Miami Experimental Hatchery raise mahi-mahi, also known as dorado or dolphin, to better understand the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the species. They also want to know if the fish are good candidates for future aquaculture operations. Postdoctoral Researcher John Stieglitz, Ph.D. provides an inside look at the research.


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