Credit: [H.E. Froehlich]

Traditionally, aquaculture has been characterized as a foe to conservation efforts. Yet, much has changed in these two seemingly disparate practices over the last two decades, motivating an updated evaluation of the scientific evidence for how aquaculture currently impacts conservation, as well as prospects for further alignment and research. In the Froehlich Lab, and in collaboration with the National Center for Ecological Analysis (NCEAS) through our joint Conservation Aquaculture Research Team (CART) initiative, we are using synthesis science and modelling to explore how aquaculture is and could be scaled for conservation objectives in the water and on land.

NEW project

The Froehlich Lab and The California Nature Conservancy (co-PI Dr. Jono Wilson) are conducting a synthesis project on species recovery and conservation aquaculture in North America (2021-2022/23).


Relevant papers:

A.D. Ridlon, K. Wasson, T. Waters, J. Adams, J. Donatuto, G. Fleener, H.E. Froehlich, R. Govender, A. Kornbluth, J. Lorda, B. Peabody, G.Pinchot, S.S. Rumrill15, E. Tobin, C.J. Zabin, D. Zacherl, E.D. Grosholz. 2021 Conservation aquaculture as a tool for imperiled marine species: Evaluation of opportunities and risks for Olympia oysters, Ostrea lurida.PLoSONE. 6(16):e0252810

Froehlich, H.E., R.R. Gentry, B.S. Halpern. 2017. Conservation aquaculture: shifting the narrative and paradigm of aquaculture’s role in resource management. Bio. Con. 215: 162-168.10.1016/j.biocon.2017.09.012 2.

Froehlich, H.E., C.A. Runge, R.R. Gentry, S.D. Gaines, B.S. Halpern. 2018. Comparative terrestrial feed and land use of an aquaculture-dominant world. PNAS. 10.1073/pnas.1801692115

Affiliated Researchers

Assistant Professor
Studying the sustainability of seafood and marine ecosystems under climate change at different scales.

Rich completed his BSc (Hons) in Biology at University of Southampton in England before moving to Scotland to undertake a Masters of Rese