In my Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy class, I plan to do research for a policy paper on aquaculture and genetically-modified organisms. Yes, this topic has been in the news recently (here’s another one of many to choose from), but it’s also been on my mind for a number of years. First, from the 1990s, I fell in love with these shrimp in Hong Kong called 基围虾 jiwei xia (Mandarin; geiwei ha in Cantonese). These are aquaculture shrimp that involve mixing fresh water and salt water together through a series of dykes (here’s a page for you to check out, in Chinese). These were truly the best shrimp that I have ever had. Second, while in Alaska, I noticed that salmon aquaculture was not too popular, at least judging by the bumper stickers in Kodiak and Sitka. Third, I had a Davidson College advisee (Molly Pickall) who wrote her senior thesis on aquaculture in 2006. But most notably, with my past research on food and my current study at the Nicholas School of the Environment, aquaculture has been on my mind more recently.
During my Marine Policy class, Henry Coppola (president of Duke Fish, the graduate student chapter of the American Fisheries Society) told me about this TED video that I should see. And yes, TED videos aren’t precisely Youtube, but I think it’s still worth watching.