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Sustainable Aquaculture for a Resource Limited Future

Jessica L. Couture, PhD Candidate, Bren School

May 28 2021 | 8:00am PDT Online

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Jessica L. Couture




Advisor: Steve Gaines
Committee: Darcy Bradley, Roland Geyer, Ben Halpern

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Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world, and is expanding in an increasingly resource limited world. Promoted for being an efficient source of animal protein, aquaculture growth adds pressure to existing systems that are already highly stressed. This work focuses on how aquaculture interacts with other sectors to better understand how to produce seafood in a way that minimizes additional strain or leads to benefits. In this talk Jessica considers how to plan for aquaculture expansion into the future, aquaculture’s dependence on agricultural inputs, and interactions with wild capture fisheries. 


Jessica is an interdisciplinary scientist employing several quantitative approaches to look at issues on different scales. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Science in marine biology and extensive experience in field ecology and marine science. Specializing in Coastal Marine Resource Management, she began to look at interactions between aquaculture and wild fisheries, earning a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management degree from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. For this work Jessica calls upon her background in field ecology, data science, and modeling.


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