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Made possible by the H. William Kuni Bren Fellows Endowed Research Fund

"Fisheries, Aquaculture and the Global Food System"

Jim Anderson
Professor and Director
Institute for Sustainable Food Systems
University of Florida

Monday, January 23, 2017
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Professor Anderson is one of the leading academics pushing for the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture worldwide. The Bren community will benefit greatly from his insight and experience in this field."

— Renato Molina, PhD student host

There are only three fundamental sources for increasing seafood supply: 1) better management and utilization of wild fish stocks, 2) aquaculture and 3) aquaculture-enhanced ‘wild’ fisheries. However, nearly all significant growth in global seafood harvest and international trade over the past three decades has, and in the future will, come from aquaculture. This has important implications for business, resource management, international trade and global food security.

Despite rapid growth in recent decades, the potential for added growth in the aquaculture sector is still tremendous. There is room for substantial gains through improvements in efficiency, management practices, market development and reduction quantity, and price uncertainty. This will help aquaculture secure market share from traditional fisheries and other animal proteins. However, governance aquatic resources and disease management are undermining the development of the aquaculture sector in many parts of the world. Regions that address these issues will enhance aquaculture’s contribution to food security, its competiveness and sustainability.

James L. Anderson is professor of food and resource economics and director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at the University of Florida. Previously, he was the Advisor for Oceans, Fisheries and Aquaculture and leader of the Global Program on Fisheries and Aquaculture at The World Bank. Before that, he chaired the Department of Environmental & Natural Resource Economics at the University of Rhode Island. His research focuses on the global food and natural resource systems, fisheries and aquaculture economics and policy, markets, and international trade. His recent work has been directed toward the role of seafood in food security, constraints to aquaculture development, and evaluation of how aquaculture and well-designed public-private partnerships are changing global natural resource use in both developed and developing nations.

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