Enrollment season is upon us, and for the first time at UCSC, ENVS upper division students have the opportunity to study under the world renowned Dr. Pallab Sarker in his class ENVS 135, Sustainable Aquaculture.
All over the world, aquaculture is the fastest growing production sector, due to the combination of strongly increasing demand for seafood products and depleted fish stocks in the world’s oceans. Aquaculture needs to simultaneously pursue environmentally sound, economically viable and socially acceptable development – that is the principle of (three pillars) sustainability – in order to avoid the same mistakes of industrial agriculture.
In this course, students will learn to understand current aquaculture systems, in settings ranging from international (e.g., China, Bangladesh) to local (e.g., abalone farms in Monterey Bay area) and learn about the science and practices needed to steer aquaculture’s development to sustainability. This course will take a broad and a critical look at the practices of present-day aquaculture—and apply a sustainability framework to analyze the environmental, social, economic, and human health effects of sustainable aquaculture systems. This course will provide in-depth and practical experience which includes hands-on experiential learning at the UCSC Aquaculture lab, and visits to local aquaculture farms, contact with private seafood sector, and several guest lectures by resident UCSC experts.
Enroll now for Winter 2020, or pencil it into your schedules for a future winter quarter. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the best in his field!