Researchers from Kepley BioSystems and the Savannah State University Department of Marine Biology discuss novel approaches to global challenges in marine ecology at the Interventional Marine Ecology Symposium 2018.
Marine ecosystems are facing increasing challenges, worldwide. Join researchers from Kepley BioSystems, Inc. (KBI) and the Savannah State University (SSU) Department of Marine Biology this afternoon to discuss novel approaches to universal trends impacting marine ecology. The KBI/SSU symposium on “Interventional Marine Ecology” will be held at the Savannah State University Social Sciences Building, Room 115, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, from 3:30 to 5:00 P.M. to propose disruptive solutions to an array of environmental crises with global impact.
Topics will include:
- Synthetic, sustainable crustacean bait using the same naturally occurring molecules as in baitfish –with potential to conserve 18 million tons of wild fish used merely as bait every year – posing urgent, global threats to human and wildlife food security, the environment, and commercial and recreational fishing industries.
- “Free range” cultivation of Atlantic horseshoe crabs, the sole source of amebocytes, indispensable to human medicine. A patented catheter and scalable “ranching” would advance a rationale to forestall wild capture and help replenish this keystone species.
- An enriched, easily digestible food for migrating shorebirds to alleviate diminishing access to adequate nourishment due to climate change, industrial harvesting of keystone species, habitat destruction and pollution.
- Sustainable, worm-based aquaculture feed fortified to address USDA objectives. At risk of collapse in various regions/species, another 35 million tons of forage fish are captured annually for farmed-fish feedstock.
About Savannah State University
For 128 years, Savannah State University has been an important part of higher education. As the oldest public HBCU in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the historic city of Savannah, SSU has served this community with distinction while meeting the educational needs of an increasingly diverse student population. The University fosters engaged learning and personal growth in a student-centered environment that celebrates the African American legacy while nurturing a diverse student body. Savannah State University offers graduate and undergraduate studies including nationally accredited programs in the liberal arts, the sciences and the professions.
About the Department of Marine Biology
The mission of the Marine Sciences Program at Savannah State University is to provide research, education, and outreach programs which contribute to a vital, technically qualified, intellectually thoughtful, and ethnically diverse community of individuals capable of creatively solving problems and answering questions related to coastal and ocean ecosystem health, environmental quality, and fisheries sustainability.