Creating the right environment for an aquaculture dominated future
Dr Rob Ellis, University of Exeter
Friday 10 May 2019
As the fastest growing food producing sector globally ($165bn current first sale), aquaculture is critical for meeting the increased demand for aquatic food that is projected over the coming decades, due to global population increase and an increasing middle income sector. Nonetheless, current projections suggest we face a 28 million ton seafood demand supply deficit within the next five to ten years.
Overcoming critical challenges the aquaculture sector currently faces, such as disease and changing climatic conditions, are thus major priorities to ensure that sustainable intensification of this industry sufficiently addresses any projected shortfall. This seminar will highlight how optimising the environmental conditions we produce aquatic organisms in is vital to maximise productivity, despite being a too often overlooked industry wide. It will therefore demonstrate how an in depth physiological knowledge can be applied to help provide ten billion people with their aquatic protein demand.