Big Fish: Stories from the Field


Time: 02:30 AM (UTC+8)

Date: 2 September 2020

To feed 9.7 billion people by 2050, the world needs an enormous supply of sustainable, affordable protein. Industry and governments say that aquaculture, the fastest growing food production sector, is poised to meet the demand. But can modern fish farming feed the world without repeating the mistakes of the past?

On August 24, 2020, Hakai Magazine released the Big Fish: The Aquacultural Revolution. In this in-depth editorial package, some basic questions about domesticating animals that exist solely for human benefit were asked: what will we feed all of the fish, crustaceans, mollusks, and other aquatic species we’re raising from birth to dinner plate? How will we shelter them humanely and raise them efficiently? Can we feed 9.7 billion people without destroying the environment? And as business booms, who will profit?

Hakai Magazine editor in chief Jude Isabella and writers Jess Mackie, Brendan Borrell, Paul Tullis, and Brian Payton dove deep into the research and reporting behind Big Fish: The Aquacultural Revolution. 

The lively panel discussion and Q&A was moderated by Josh Silberg, science communications coordinator at the Hakai Institute. 

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