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Lecture: Aquaculture “blue revolution” goes green

Media Contact: Monica Allard Cox, 401-874-6937

NARRAGANSETT-- September 24, 2004 -- Since 1950, there’s been a 100 percent increase in the per capita demand for fish products. To help meet that demand, aquaculture is growing rapidly worldwide, but very slowly in the United States, though the United States is a major importer of cultured seafood.

The reason for this, along with the challenges of improving aquaculture practices, will be explored in an upcoming lecture by Barry A. Costa-Pierce, Rhode Island Sea Grant director, URI professor of fisheries and aquaculture, and author of the award-winning book, Ecological Aquaculture: The Evolution of the Blue Revolution.

“I support the rapid expansion of aquaculture, but believe it must be accomplished through a science-based ‘ecological aquaculture’ model that incorporates ecological principles with planning for social, economic, and environmental impacts. Expansion of industrial aquaculture in enclosed bays along crowded coasts and rivers in conflict with coastal communities is not the way to develop the ‘blue revolution,’” Costa-Pierce says.

Costa-Pierce will be speaking on “The Blue Revolution” on Tuesday, October 5, at 7 p.m. at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane. For information or directions, call the library at (401) 739-5440.

Sponsored by the Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program at URI and the library, this lecture is offered as part of the annual nationwide Coastweeks celebration—dedicated to fostering awareness, understanding, and improved management of the coast. Coastweeks in Rhode Island is sponsored by the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council and Rhode Island Sea Grant. On-line at http://seagrant.gso.uri.edu/Coastweeks.