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How Climate Change is Reshaping Maine’s Ocean Economy

Seminar Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Barry Costa-Pierce

Barry Costa-Pierce

Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor of Marine Sciences, Chair of the Department of Marine Sciences and Director of the UNE Marine Science Center

In our new world of massive ocean climate change, no country or person will be unaffected by what’s happening in the Arctic, and all of the great issues for our future — food, energy, water, waste and shelter — will require a fundamental rethinking and reordering of education and training to create the new institutions for the future. This presentation will review the opening of the Arctic and impacts of environmental change on shared ocean resources, such as fisheries, aquaculture development, and trade, and to the opportunities for the development of sustainable products and practices related to careers in the marine sciences connected to maritime industry. “Maine is the new ‘near-Arctic state’ in the emerging North Atlantic  seafood ecosystem,” says Costa-Pierce, and our world is on the cusp of a great Arctic seafood science and trade revolution, and the Gulf of Maine is positioned — the front door to America — to be a hub of marine commerce, science and education with the Arctic countries.”


Barry Costa-Pierce is the Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor of Marine Sciences, chair of the Department of Marine Sciences and director of the UNE Marine Science Center, one of the university’s Centers of Excellence. Costa-Pierce has a 40-year career in the marine/aquatic sciences. He has worked at 11 American state and private universities and organizations in SE Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, conducting research for multilateral and bilateral agencies such the FAO, World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, GTZ-Germany, USAID and the World Fish Centre. He is widely sought after as a global expert in fisheries, aquaculture and sustainable seafoods. He is a pioneer in the field of "Ecological Aquaculture" who led the development of the FAO United Nations "Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture." Costa-Pierce served on the editorial board of Aquaculture Elsevier Science’s top science journal in the field for more than 15 years and in 2016 was appointed as its first editor-in-chief. Before joining UNE Costa-Pierce spent 14 years as director and professor of Fisheries & Aquaculture for two National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sea Grant Programs: Rhode Island Sea Grant at URI (2001-12), and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium (1998-2001) at the University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast Research Lab.


A reception will be held at 5:00 pm at the UNE Art Gallery


Center for Global Humanities


(207) 221-4435

Barry Costa-Pierce: How Climate Change is Reshaping Maine’s Ocean Economy
6:00 PM
WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion

Portland Campus

Free and open to the public