Lowell Lecture

How to Save the Oceans and Feed the World

Date & Time

Nov. 7, 2013


IMAX Theater at New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
Driving Directions


Andrew Sharpless, CEO, Oceana and author, The Perfect Protein

Presenting Organization

New England Aquarium



With Earth's human population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050 - adding the equivalent of two Chinas to current numbers - we need wild fish more than ever to feed us (especially the nearly 1 billion of the world's poorest people who rely on seafood as their main source of animal protein). The bad news is that wild fish populations are in decline because of overfishing, destruction of habitat and bycatch. We are grinding up small fish such as anchovies, mackerel, and sardines into feed for salmon and other farmed animals even though these overlooked fish are delicious and healthy and could feed millions inexpensively. The good news, as Sharpless explains, is that if just 25 coastal nations of the world - including the United States - take three steps to better manage their wild seafood supply, our oceans will not only become more biodiverse, they will be far more abundant and capable of feeding hundreds of millions of more people every day at a sustainable rate. Sharpless's message is clear. We can save the oceans and feed the world.

Book signing to follow.