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Is Aquaculture the Saviour? Professor Indar Ramnarine speaks on the fisheries crisis

For Release Upon Receipt - April 4, 2011

St. Augustine

The next instalment of The University of the West Indies (UWI) Professorial Inaugural Lecture series will take place on Thursday 14th April 2011. Indar Ramnarine, Professor of Applied Ichthyology (Fisheries and Aquaculture), will present Fisheries in Crisis:  Is Aquaculture the Saviour?’ at the lecture carded for 5.30pm, at The Daaga Auditorium, UWI, St. Augustine.  

Professor Ramnarine will discuss how depleting fish harvests from the oceans and seas against a growing world demand for food, is creating a crisis in the industry. He will deliver a presentation that showcases why any increase in fish production to feed a growing human population, has to come from aquaculture. Professor Ramnarine has been involved in Aquaculture Research, Fisheries Research, and Fish & Shellfish Diversity (both freshwater and marine) since 1985. His research has been focused on studies in induction of spawning, determination of the nutritional requirements, and development of hatchery and production technology for important local species with potential for aquaculture.

Guests at the lecture will be welcomed by Professor Terence Seemungal, Chair of the Open Lectures Committee, and hear opening remarks by Professor Clement Sankat, the St. Augustine Campus Principal. Professor Ramnarine’s lecture will be followed by an open discussion.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

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