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Future of mariculture under climate change

October 6, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Aquaculture has shown remarkable growth, averaging about 6.7% per year over the last three decades, making it the fastest-growing agro-food sector worldwide. In 2021, aquaculture accounted for approximately 91 million tonnes, representing 47% of total fish food production. However, mariculture, a sub-sector of aquaculture, faces uncertainties due to climate change’s impact on farm species and farming sites, as well as its indirect effects through disease outbreaks. The future of mariculture is also influenced by socio-economic factors like fish feed and oil supply, trades, market demand, and technology. Adaptation through adjustments to aquaculture technology and practices can help reduce climate risks to seafood production from mariculture. This presentation aims to discuss the potential effects of climate change on seafood production from mariculture, focusing on suitable marine areas, fishmeal and fish oil supply, seafood supply, and revenue. By considering critical aspects such as biological, environmental, social, and economic factors, this presentation provides a comprehensive understanding of the prospects of seafood production from mariculture in the face of climate change.

Location: AERL Theatre (2202 Main Mall, UBC Vancouver) or Online via Zoom (RSVP Required to receive Zoom URL)



Speaker: Dr. Muhammed Oyinlola

Dr Muhammed A. Oyinlola is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut national de la recherché scientifique, Quebec and Zoology department, UBC. His research aims to understand aquatic systems potential contribution to future global food production, particularly under climate change. He engaged predictive models and scenarios for his research investigations.

He has worked as an aquaculture technician in Malta, aquaculture extension officer, farm supervisor and aquaculture training officer in both public and private organisations in Nigeria. He also has extensive experience as a fisheries biologist. Muhammed held a Nigeria Scholar Network Scholarship (2007-2009), German Academic Exchange Service scholarship (2012-2014), Erasmus plus scholarship (2015) and The Nippon Foundation- Nereus Program fellowship (2015-2019). He has a bachelor’s degree in Aquaculture and Fisheries Management from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria, and a Master’s degree in Aquatic Tropical Ecology from Universität Bremen, Germany and a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, Canada.