More than 32 percent of the world’s fisheries are exploited, depleted or recovering from depletion. “Inevitably, we have to turn to aquaculture to meet the growing human need and desire to eat fish” says Dave Love from the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Heath.
The School’s Center for a Livable Future promotes and conducts research on aquaculture as a promising method of sustainably producing nutritious seafood. The Center recently awarded the first round of Aquaculture, Public Health, and the Environment Research Grants, which support faculty, fellows, and students conducting research that connects public health and aquaculture.
Aquaculture, is the farming of fish and shellfish, including breeding, rearing and harvesting. The Center’s Aquaponics Project combines aquaculture with hydroponics – a soilless system of agriculture that recirculates fish wastewater to fertilize plants.
Through these grants, the Center hopes to use research to educate policy makers and the public about this sustainable and potentially ecologically friendly way to reform our food system and achieve a more “livable future.”