UWSP Expert to Discuss Aquaculture at Free Lecture
For the City-Times
Commercial aquaculture and aquaponics supply low-cost, high-protein food for a growing human population. Can this agriculture method meet the global demand for safe and sustainable seafood? Learn more at a free lecture offered by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
“Blue Revolution: Farming Water to Grow Food” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the Pinery Room of the Portage Country Public Library, 1001 Main Street, Stevens Point. Presented by Chris Hartleb, professor of biology, this is the third talk in an eight-part College of Letters and Science 2014-2015 Community Lecture Series. It is ppen to the public.
Aquaculture is the fastest growing segment of food production for the last 20 years, in Wisconsin and the world, said Hartleb. “Today aquaculture produces more than 50 percent of the world’s seafood and has surpassed worldwide beef production in tons produced. Wisconsin has a thriving aquaculture industry and an emerging commercial aquaponics industry that supports state and worldwide consumer demand.”
Hartleb received his undergraduate degree in biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, master’s degree in zoology from the University of New Hampshire and doctorate in zoology from the University of Maine. His research focuses on fisheries and aquaculture in the Midwest, examining the practice of fish culture and physiological behavior of Wisconsin fish. Hartleb teaches courses including Ecological Methods, Fisheries Ecology, Aquaculture/Fish Culture and Introduction to Aquaponics.