MSRI Public Lecture, Bishkek, November 1st: Aquaculture: Global Trends and Opportunities for Kyrgyzstan?

Date: 01 November 2018
Other languages: Русский язык |
November 1st 2018, 16:00
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

Dr. Paulo Zaragoza Pedro
CEO Caviar Portugal

During this lecture, the presenter will discuss the evolution of aquaculture worldwide, from a subsistence point of view to becoming a multi-million dollar industry. The main risks and constraints for the development of aquaculture will be discussed and new trends in technology will be presented. Aquaculture can have an impact on the future supply of food for a growing human population and the circular economy approach can minimize some of the constraints. In 2014, for the first time in history, the global population ate more farmed fish than wild fish. This was a development that was as transformative as a shift by our ancestors from hunting and gathering on land, to being able to rely on agriculture. Aquaculture according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has grown from producing about 3 million tons of fish in the 1970s, to producing 76.6 million tons of fish, valued at nearly $160 billion, by 2015. The industry also now employs about 23 million people worldwide. The industry’s expansion could help meet growing global demand for food from animal sources, which may increase by 80% by 2050.

Paulo Zaragoza Pedro (1973-) is a Portuguese marine biologist. He was educated at the University of Algarve in Portugal (1996) with a post-grad in Coastal and Marine Studies (2000) and Quality in Analysis (2003). He has 25 years of experience in research projects and has managed an environmental services lab at the University of Algarve focused on water quality since 2000. He is the founder of several companies in environmental services and aquaculture. Since 2012, he has held the position of CEO at Caviar Portugal, a company focused on the production of sturgeon using recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) technology and with a strong approach to sustainability using circular economy principles.

University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street
2nd Floor Seminar Room
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic

The presentation will be conducted in English. Russian translation will be provided upon prior request. 

Please RSVP to with your name and affiliation. 

* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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