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News Bureau
22 Davis Hall, 10 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 0288
Phone: 401-874-2116 Fax: 401-874-7872

Lisa Cugini, (401) 874-6642

Friends of Oceanography Sponsors Lecture
on the "Blue Revolution" in the
Aquaculture Industry

Narragansett, R.I. -- October 20, 2003 -- "It is anticipated that by 2030, capture fisheries will provide just two-thirds of the 150-160 million metric tons of aquatic foods that humans consume, leaving the difference to be made up by aquaculture," said Rhode Island Sea Grant Director Dr. Barry Costa-Pierce in an interview in the University Pacer last month.

To help the public learn more about the blue revolution aimed at developing ecological aquaculture, Friends of Oceanography will present a lecture by Costa-Pierce entitled "The Role of Aquaculture in Human-Dominated Coastal Ecosystems." The lecture will take place on Tuesday, October 28, at noon in the Coastal Institute Auditorium on the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett.

In this free lecture, Costa-Pierce will discuss the conflicts surrounding aquaculture, its impacts on human-dominated coastal ecosystems, and the future of the "blue revolution."

A native of Dighton, Massachusetts, Costa-Pierce was appointed director of Rhode Island Sea Grant in September 2001. Prior to coming to Rhode Island, he was the director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium. In this position, he supervised completion of an inventory of marine science research and a comprehensive research plan for the Gulf of Mexico.

From 1985 to 1992 Costa-Pierce was a research scientist and director for the International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malawi. He served as a staff consultant for the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the U.S. Agency for International Development on environmental projects in numerous Asia-Pacific and African nations.

Costa-Pierce earned a bachelor's degree in zoology from Drew University, a master's degree in zoology from the University of Vermont, and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the University of Hawaii.

Established in 1985 to support and promote the activities of the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, Friends of Oceanography informs and educates the membership and the general public about the scientific, technological, and environmental research that takes place at GSO. The organization sponsors public lectures, open houses, marine-related mini-courses, science cruises on Narragansett Bay, and an annual auction. For information about Friends of Oceanography, call 874-6602.

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