“Growing Good Fish,” A Presentation by Joao G. Ferreira

Wednesday, June 07

The UNCW Center for Marine Science will host Joao Gomes Ferreira, a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering at the New University of Lisbon, for a presentation exploring the global problem of farming “good fish,” meaning tasty, nutritious and sustainable.

Fish in Tank
In May 2013, the production of farmed aquatic products overtook capture fisheries for human consumption, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. More than half the seafood consumed across the world is cultivated, and America currently imports nearly 90 percent of the seafood it consumes. The situation in the European Union is similar, presenting a substantial food security challenge that affects jobs, economic growth and trade balance.

With the planet’s population predicted to reach nine billion in 2050, this will require an additional annual production of 33 million tons of aquatic products.

Join Ferreira from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 7 in the CMS Auditorium to hear how estuaries, bays and other coastal systems will play an important role in the development of a much-needed expansion of sustainable aquatic production.

The event is free and open to the public. The CMS is located at 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane. For driving directions and more information, see