Aaron is a marine conservationist who has worked in South Asia and West Africa. He currently works with the Indo-German Biodiversity Programme of the GIZ (German Development Cooperation). He has a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is also member of the IUCN Sea Snake specialist group and a recipient of the Sanctuary Asia – ABN AMRO Award.
He loves his seafood and believes that fostering a healthy relationship with our seafood can actually be a crucial step towards its conservation.
Talk Title: Savouring your seafood in an era of declining fisheries
A large proportion of the seafood caught is wasted, either by being discarded or reduced to fishmeal for the animal feed industry (to feed farmed chickens and fish). This is not just a threat to marine ecosystems, but also to the future of seafood and more importantly to the livelihoods and the health of people. While there have been a large number of recommendations (and in some cases effort) made to reverse the current trends, little has changed. There is a need to move away from the current high volume, destructive and wasteful fishing practices to one that promotes quality with as little wastage as possible.Besides giving us a glimpse of how our seafood is produced, this talk will explore how we could improve our relationship with the sea and our seafood as a way to drive positive change.