Aquaculture and Future of Seafood

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photoThe demand for seafood has never been greater. Evidence is everywhere — from an explosion of sushi bars, to all-you-can-eat shrimp bonanzas at restaurants across the U.S. To meet that demand, the fishing industry has gone high tech and in high gear, but it's emptying the oceans far faster than fish species can recover.

Research shows that roughly ninety percent of large predatory fish have been depleted from the world's oceans and in some areas whole fisheries have collapsed.

Fish farming or aquaculture is being billed as a solution to the over-fishing crisis. But there is great debate among the scientific community over the practice, with many arguing that present methods have a negative impact on wild ecosystems and the health of the fish that is produced.

Hear a discussion on the the promises and perils of fish farming.


Steve Cowen, director of the documentary "Farming the Seas," a sequel to the award-winning film, "Empty Oceans, Empty Nets"

Carl Safina, Founder and President of the Blue Ocean Institute and author of "Song for the Blue Ocean"

Richard Langan, Director of the Open Ocean Aquaculture Project at the University of New HampshireJeremy Brown, pacific northwest commercial fisherman.

This program aired on April 21, 2005.


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