Live-streamed on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The world is facing a future with an even bigger population than it has today. How will enough food be produced to feed us all? Watch as the Vancouver Aquarium and a special guest speaker, Jose Villalon, give an insightful perspective on this important global issue.
Jose Villalon is the Sustainability Director at Nutreco, based in The Netherlands. Born in Cuba and raised in the USA, Jose received his Master of Science degree in Fish Nutrition at the University of Washington with Professor John Halver; then went on to 27-years’ experience farming tropical white shrimp in the Virgin Islands, Ecuador and Mexico Jose has been involved in all phases of the production chain including hatcheries, feedmills, farms, processing and export/sales. In 1991, he authored a practical manual for shrimp farming. He then joined the World Wildlife Fund (WWF-US) and led its’ Aquaculture Program for six years; managing the initiative which involved over 2,200 global stakeholders that created environmental/social standards for 12-species of aquaculture commodity products including salmon and shrimp through a global initiative called the Aquaculture Dialogues. Along with WWF and IDH, they co-founded the independent Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) where he was the Chairman of the Board for its’ initial four years. He remains on the ASC Board today. As the Sustainability Director he will assist Nutreco in accomplishing its Vision 2020 of sustainability.
Vancouver Aquarium public programs provide family-friendly opportunities for people to connect with each other through hands-on activities, lectures, films, classes and field trips—all focused on aquatic conservation.