Speaker: Damian Brady, Agatha B. Darling Associate Professor of Oceanography, University of Marine
Topic: Emerging Aquaculture Trends in the Gulf of Maine
While aquaculture is often described as one of the fastest growing food production systems in the world, that progress is often non-linear and complex when we focus on any particular location. This type of place-based perspective on aquaculture can be helpful in understanding other complex social-ecolocial-economic systems. Maine leads the country in marine aquaculture production but only engages a small proportion of its 5,600 km of tidal shoreline in this activity. Our group works with the seaweed, shellfish, and finfish industries in the state to create a more sustainable industry since each production system requires different tools. For example, seaweed processing recently passed the million pound threshold in Maine for the first time due to interactions between the seaweed industry and the American lobster fleet. One emerging shellfish aquaculture trend with promise is aquacultured sea scallops. Growers in Maine put the first aquacultured sea scallop on the market in 2019 but any new industry requires significant learning by doing and technology transfer. Finally, our group is working closely with Recirculating Aquaculture Systems, such as Whole Oceans, Kingfish Maine and Nordic AquaFarms to allow for sustainable use of intake water and a full characterization of the impact on receiving waters. A theme o four work is to take established oceanographic tools such as remote sensing satellite systems and oceanographic buoys to better characterize aquaculture environment interactions. For example, by combining multiple observing platforms, we are identifying new areas for shellfish aquaculture expansion, characterizing important feedbacks that alter carrying capacity, and incorporating climate related factors into future aquaculture growing area projections. In short, I will do my best to present a Maine travelogue through an aquaculture lens.
call +1-971-247-1195 US Meeting ID: 945 5573 1151
Thursday, February 2 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Marine Studies Building Auditorium
2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365