Green Pulse Ep 49: Can aquaculture solve the seafood “seaspiracy”?
Synopsis: Every first and third Monday of the month, The Straits Times analyses the beat of the changing environment, from biodiversity conservation to climate change in this podcast series.
The recently-released Netflix film “Seaspiracy”, which calls on people to stop eating seafood, has generated widespread debate. Supporters say the film highlights the impact of industrial fishing on marine life, bringing public attention to an aspect of the trade that not many usually think about. But others have lambasted the British filmmaker Ali Tabrizi for inaccurate facts and figures used to support the arguments made.
In this episode, ST speaks with Professor Dean Jerry, an aquaculture expert from the Singapore campus of the James Cook University, about the implications of seafood consumption and the role of aquaculture in feeding the world.
They discuss the following points:
1. Is the demand for seafood really emptying the oceans? (2:43)
2. How can Singapore consumers identify sustainable wild-caught seafood? (6:55)
3. What is the role of aquaculture in feeding the world? (9:33)
4. But aquaculture does not have a pristine reputation, so can it be made more environmentally-friendly? (13:28)
5. Can there still be plenty of fish in the sea, while ensuring that communities can continue to get access to seafood? (17:25)
Listen to Ep 44: Fishy business about the fish you eat in Singapore: https://omny.fm/shows/green-pulse-1/in-hot-soup-the-fishy-business-about...
FAO’s (Food & Agriculture Organization of the UN) state of the world fisheries: http://www.fao.org/state-of-fisheries-aquaculture
Edited by: Penelope Lee
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