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Arctic Ocean Food Systems and Maine and North Atlantic Seafood Trade

Monday, September 26 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: Main Library
Audience: Adults, Seniors

Arctic Ocean Food Systems and Maine and North Atlantic Seafood Trade

 Dr. Barry Costa–Pierce, Director of UNE Marine Sciences Center, and Mr. Patrick Arnold, Director of Operations & Business Development at Maine Port Authority

The world’s oceans produce only 1-4% of total human foods. Fisheries and aquaculture are far superior choices for global investments to 2050 and beyond in comparisons to any other terrestrial animal protein production systems. In addition, nutrient-rich, omega-3 seafoods are better food choices for human health and wellness than land-based protein foods. Professor Costa-Pierce will focus on the rapidly developing North Atlantic and peri-Arctic seas fisheries and aquaculture resources and the needs for international scientific and educational partnerships for their full utilization and sustainable development.

Dr. Costa Pierce is the Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor, Chair of the Department of Marine Sciences and Director of the Marine Science Center at the University of New England. During his 40-year career in the marine/freshwater sciences he has lived and worked as a scientist in Asia, Africa, and the Pacific. He is widely recognized as a pioneer of the field of “Ecological Aquaculture” and led the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization’s development of the global protocols for an “Ecosystems Approach to Aquaculture”. His broad research interest is in “ocean foods ecosystems”: How local seafood systems throughout the world interact with marine ecosystems, fisheries, aquaculture, and peoples.

Patrick Arnold has been at the forefront of Portland and Maine’s evolving shipping and fisheries industries for the last 10 years. His latest initiative, The New England Ocean Cluster “promotes dynamic networks and relationships among businesses and entrepreneurs in the marine industry to collectively drive new ideas forward and surface opportunities for collaboration.”

About the Series » Private: Maine Arctic Speaker Series

Together with the University of New England, we’re pleased to present this four part series as part of the effort from the Maine North Atlantic Development Office to educate the public around the Arctic Council visit in September and October. There will be four great speakers to share their work in everything from physiology in cold climates to ocean seafood systems.