Aquaculture in the 21st century; a problem or solution?

Simon Muncaster
Date Tuesday 6 July 2021
Time 6pm - 7pm
Where The University of Waikato, Tauranga, Durham St, Tauranga
Presenter Dr Simon Muncaster, Lecturer, Te Aka Mātuatua - School of Science
Contact Joanna Kearney
Contact email
Admission Cost This is a free event but registrations are essential.


This century seems to be characterised by continued population growth and its associated impacts on the global environment. Aquaculture is the fastest growing primary industry in the world and offers an efficient system for the production of protein. However, some of these production systems have also been associated with environmental degradation. This lecture will explore industry challenges and recent technology advances toward sustainable production for global food security and prosperity.

Dr Simon Muncaster's interest in the marine environment goes back to childhood. After completing a Bachelor of Science degree he spent a few years exploring the world and fulfilling his passion for diving. Feeling the need for more academic stimulation he then undertook a master’s degree at the University of Otago Marine Sciences Department focusing primarily on marine ecology, however his greatest interest was in the concept of sustainable aquaculture. He therefore took up a position with the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research to complete a doctorate at the University of Bergen on the reproductive physiology of Ballan wrasse, a fish that can be used as a biological control for parasites in the salmon industry. He is now working with colleagues to develop a BSc program majoring in aquaculture at the University of Waikato in Tauranga. Simon's research focus is on the lifecycle biology of new candidate species for aquaculture as well as the regulation of the reproductive axis in sex-changing fish.

Registration is essential. Please present your eticket at the door.