Moss Landing, CA, January 22, 2016
On Jan. 13-14, 2016, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories hosted a workshop that brought together California lawmakers, NGOs, business owners, and industry reps with researchers from the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system to discuss how this diverse group of stakeholders can combine their expertise and work together to bolster California’s underdeveloped aquaculture industry.
Organized by Dr. Michael Graham of Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, and funded by both the CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) and California Sea Grant, the workshop generated enthusiasm from all sides about the potential to strengthen California’s standing in aquaculture research, education, and industry.
The next step is already underway. CSU aquaculture researchers are in the process of establishing the framework for their collaboration, which will allow the CSU to promote a strong, sustainable aquaculture industry in California, train a future workforce and entrepreneurs, and engage with policymakers to provide the best available science to inform responsible decisions regarding the future of aquaculture in California, the United States, and ultimately worldwide.