Princeton Alumni Weekly: Sea Change

Eric Pedersen, Princeton c/o ’82, wants to revolutionize the seafood industry and forge a new way to farm fish out of his one-of-a-kind factory in Waterbury, Connecticut.

Almost a quarter-century ago, Peter Drucker, management savant, economist, and visionary, reminded the world that while water may cover two-thirds of the Earth, that doesn’t mean the supply of fish is inexhaustible.

Linda Cornish, president and founder of Seafood Nutrition Partnership, a nonprofit group that promotes the consumption and health benefits of seafood, says that seafood sourced from wild capture has remained steady since the 1990s and that the growth in seafood supply is almost entirely from aquaculture.

“We need good management practices for both wild and farm to make sure [the supply] is grown responsibly and sustainably,” Cornish says. “There are a lot of different aquaculture technologies that are in place now, [but] the biggest challenge is improving the perception of aquaculture.” Farming, Cornish insists, should not be a dirty word.

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