Date of release: Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Fish FarmingThe importance of fish to global food security is the subject of a public lecture at the University of Greenwich's Medway Campus on Wednesday 18 October.

John Linton, of the Natural Resources Institute (NRI), is speaking on Aquaculture in Africa – Unlocking the Potential. The event is the first of a new series of public lectures organised by the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science.

With growing populations and increased pressure on wild fish stocks, he will discuss why fish farming, or aquaculture, is an increasingly important industry.

"Twenty years ago less than 10 per cent of food fish was farmed. Today, one in every two fish you eat has been farmed," he says. "Given that Africa's population is expected to grow at a greater rate than elsewhere, and that African wild fish resources are by and large exploited to their maximum, aquaculture must grow to fill the gap.

"However, this has not been the case. While some countries in Africa have experienced significant growth, progress in others has been disappointing. This lecture seeks to examine why aquaculture succeeds in some places and not in others."

The talk is based on the results of a research project, funded by the Department For International Development, looking at success factors in African aquaculture.

John Linton is Commercial Director for the Natural Resources Institute of the University of Greenwich, a position he has held for 15 years. He started his career processing and marketing fish in Papua New Guinea. Since then, he has worked with a leading management consulting firm in Europe and subsequently as a director with a well-known development consultancy company, where he was responsible for the company's work in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific.

He has a wealth of experience working with the fisheries, agriculture, horticulture and textiles sectors in Africa and Asia. More recently he has been working with the British government to develop a tripartite research programme between Africa, China and the UK.

The lecture will be held in the Ward Room, Pembroke Building, at 6.30pm. Please email fes-public-lectures@gre.ac.uk to reserve a place or for further information.

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