Barry Costa Pierce

University of New England

Barry A. Costa-Pierce is the Henry L. & Grace Doherty Professor and Director of the Center for Excellence in the Marine Sciences at the University of New England in Maine, USA. He has a PhD in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii and an MSc in Zoology from the University of Vermont. Dr. Costa-Pierce is a marine ecologist with research interests in “ocean food systems”: how fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood value chains throughout the world interact locally with marine ecosystems and people. Dr. Costa-Pierce is one of the pioneers of “Ecological Aquaculture” and worked on the FAO’s team that developed protocols for an “Ecosystems Approach to Aquaculture”. Dr. Costa-Pierce has lived and worked as a research scientist and ocean policy expert in Asia, Africa, and the Americas for ICLARM – now called the World Fish Centre – the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the German Agency for Technical Cooperation, and the United States Agency in International Development (USAID). More recently he has focused his attention on creating research and education partnerships between Iceland, Sweden, and Maine. He is the co-PI on a 5-year, $20 million NSF grant that has established the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (SEANET) in Maine – the largest grant ever given by the NSF to US aquaculture. In 2017, he served as a Fulbright to the University of Akureyri and was selected by the Swedish Royal Academy of Agriculture and Forestry as a Knut & Alice Wallenberg Professor at the University of Gothenburg. Dr. Costa-Pierce a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists.


New valuable ingredients/products from the ocean, Mon 13:20

Sea Vegetable Ecological Aquaculture Value Chains


Aquaculture of marine macrophytes (sea “weeds” which we have renamed to “sea vegetables”) is one of the fastest growing aquaculture sectors in Maine, USA. We are working on a marine entrepreneurship model that implements academic-industry partnerships to address top research and development priorities across the sea vegetable value chain in both the USA and with international partners in the North Atlantic. We have developed and adapted low cost hatchery-nursery and ocean engineering operations that are suitable for wide distribution and production expansion, and are connecting these marine science/engineering-based models is to the culinary and sustainable seafood community.