Aquademia: The Seafood and Sustainability Podcast

Aquademia: The Seafood and Sustainability Podcast

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Hosted by Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Shaun O’Loughlin, Justin Grant, and Maddie Cassidy, Aquademia is your go-to podcast for a fresh take on all things seafood. The podcast aims to educate consumers and industry professionals on how seafood is connected with the issues facing our planet, what consumers can do to help, and arm them with the knowledge to make better seafood choices! Each episode will feature interviews from professionals of many disciplines to demonstrate how deeply seafood is connected with our world. From seafood industry professionals to environmental scientists to chefs, all voices will be included.


Responsible Consumption & Production of Farmed Seafood
Feb 17 • 13 min
In 2015, the United Nations came together to create seventeen Sustainable Development Goals. Join Justin and Maddie as they delve into how aquaculture aligns with SDG #12, Responsible Consumption and Production.
Roundtable Discussion: Come Together - Uniting the Wild and Farmed Seafood Sectors
Feb 10 • 62 min
In order to truly educate the public and advocate for everyone to eat more seafood, the wild and farmed sectors of the seafood industry must unify their messaging and come together. In January 2020, GAA hosted the first Come Together livestream roundtable…
The Robust Rebound of the Rockfish
Feb 3 • 11 min
The rockfish fishery on the western coast of the United States has recently resurged – what has spurred this on? Careful management and policies. Tune in to this episode to learn more!
All Things Salmon with the Salmon Man, Chris Bartlett
Jan 27 • 45 min
Chris Bartlett is the resident “Salmon Man” at the Global Aquaculture Alliance and Best Aquaculture Practices. In this episode, Chris goes over how he got into the seafood industry, what salmon farms are like, and more.
Sending Love to our Listeners Down Under
Jan 20 • 6 min
Knowing that Australia is not only a huge aquaculture location, but one of Aquademia’s most-downloaded locations, the team wanted to use this platform to further the message of helping our Australian friends as much as we can. Currently, Australia is…
Increasing Sustainability in Fisheries with Katy Hladki
Jan 13 • 49 min
Katy Hladki, a sustainability expert and Programs Manager at Global Seafood Assurances (GSA), talked with Aquademia about what strides the fishing industry has made in recent decades towards sustainability, and what else it can do further to increase…
Aquademia’s Year in Review – 2019
Dec 30, 2019 • 14 min
In 2019, we accomplished a lot. All of us. We can’t thank you enough for being a loyal listener, and we hope you’re excited for even more seafood-related stories and puns from Aquademia in 2020! Let us know what you’d like to see from us in 2020 by…
Happy Holidays from Aquademia!
Dec 23, 2019 • 2 min
Thanks for all of your support throughout 2019 – cheers to a happy and healthy holiday season to you and your family!
Holiday Recipes with Chopped Champion Chef Chris Holland
Dec 16, 2019 • 39 min
Chef Chris Holland is a two-time champion of the Food Network show Chopped, and is an advocate for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which is near and dear to the Aquademia Team. In this episode, Chris and the team talk about the impacts of living with MS, and how…
Sustainable Living Series: Sustainable Holiday Celebrations
Dec 9, 2019 • 12 min
In this episode of Aquademia’s Sustainable Living Series, the team goes over why sustainability is especially important around the holidays, and how you can incorporate small sustainable practices and traditions in your celebrations.
Becoming a Master of Ocean Food Systems with Michail Bilek
Dec 2, 2019 • 43 min
The Aquademia team sat down with Michail Bilek, who is a BAP Certification Specialist here at GAA, but is also a grad student at the University of New England working on his masters of Ocean Food Systems! Michail talks about this new academic program, how…
Baby Clams with Seaventure Clam Co.
Nov 25, 2019 • 44 min
Shaun, Maddie, and Justin sat down with Carolina Panoff and Tori Parks from Seaventure Clam Co. to talk baby clams, delicious chowder, and saving the environment around the Florida coast! Be sure to listen to the end for info about our GIVEAWAY!
World Fisheries Day and the New BAP Branding!
Nov 18, 2019 • 12 min
In this tweener episode, Aquademia is joined by Elise Avallon, Marketing Manager for Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP), to talk about the redesign for the BAP logo and website. Also, World Fisheries Day is on November 21, so the team talks about plans for…
The Triumphant Return of the Tuna?
Nov 11, 2019 • 18 min
Is the return of the bluefin tuna to UK waters the result of sustainable fishery management practices, or is it a sign of worsening conditions underwater? The Aquademia Team discusses news from the UK that the bluefin tuna has made a return to their…
Seafood Innovations: In Water Electric Stunning with Mike Forbes from Ace Aquatec
Nov 4, 2019 • 44 min
Update from GOAL2019: The F3 Challenge with Kevin Fitzsimmons and Michael Tlusty
Oct 28, 2019 • 13 min
Update from the GOAL Conference 2019 in Chennai India, where the team got a chance to sit down with Kevin Fitzsimmons and Michael Tlusty, the judges of the F3 challenge!
How to Talk About Seafood with Barton Seaver
Oct 21, 2019 • 39 min
How to Get Your Kids to Eat Seafood
Oct 14, 2019 • 14 min
Getting kids to try new foods is no easy feat, and seafood is no exception. Learn our best tips on how to get your kids to eat more seafood in this episode of Aquademia!
Making Farmed Seafood a Household Name with Jennifer Bushman
Oct 7, 2019 • 55 min
Jennifer Bushman is one of the food and lifestyle industry’s most respected consultants, communicators, marketers, and strategists. Her personal goal is to make the conversation around sustainable aquaculture, and farmed seafood as a whole, more positive…
Feeding the People with Kate Tomkins of SeaShare
Sep 30, 2019 • 40 min
Kate Tomkins, Director of Development at SeaShare, joined Aquademia to spread the word about how important getting seafood, both farmed and wild, into the hands of underserved communities really is. Kate also discusses SeaShare’s National Day of Giving,…
National Seafood Month and Other Fun Things
Sep 23, 2019 • 15 min
Not sure how to celebrate National Seafood Month? Tune in to this episode to hear about how National Seafood Month came about, and how best you can celebrate it.
Starting a Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) with Erik Pedersen and Jess McGuier
Sep 16, 2019 • 44 min
Erik Pedersen and Jess McGuier are part of the IdealFish team, which is an up-and-coming RAS system located in Waterbury, Connecticut, USA.
Listener Feedback PLUS Other Seafood Podcasts You Should Be Listening To!
Sep 9, 2019 • 11 min
This week Shaun and Justin give a shoutout to some of our listeners and read some amazing reviews we’ve received. We also introduce you, the loyal Aquademia listeners, to some other seafood-related podcasts that you should definitely check out!
Working Together: Why Fish Feed Growth is Essential with Neil Auchterlonie
Sep 2, 2019 • 57 min
Neil Auchterlonie, Technical Director of IFFO The Marine Ingredients Organization, discusses what IFFO does, and the importance of a united fish feed industry: including fish meal and oil, as well as alternative ingredients with the Aquademia team.
MasterChef Jr. Champion Logan Guleff on Being a Teenage Chef
Aug 26, 2019 • 50 min
Logan Guleff is an accomplished chef and author, and he is just 17 years old! This week, Aquademia sat down with Logan, a member of GAA, to talk about his chef journey from winning Master Chef Junior with Gordon Ramsey to writing his own cookbooks, as…
Update from the road & a greeting from Australia!
Aug 19, 2019 • 4 min
Shaun is podcasting from the road this week! He was at a podcast conference in Orlando, Florida, USA, and shares about his experience. He also reads a great review a listener who works at Humpty Doo Barramundi, located in Australia.
The Future of Food is Seafood with Nick Mendoza
Aug 12, 2019 • 52 min
Nick Mendoza is the Founder and CEO of OneForNeptune, a fish jerky company that became the number one food product on Kickstarter in Summer 2018. Join Aquademia as we hear Nick’s stories from working on the seas and on farms his whole life, how he got the…
Food Safety: Aquaculture 101
Aug 5, 2019 • 15 min
Food safety is the most essential part of creating a healthy and sustinable food source. This week, the Aquademia team discusses the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s campaign #Aquaculture101, which can be found in the links below.
How Fish Gets to Your Plate with Samuels Seafood, Introducing MONGER
Jul 29, 2019 • 48 min
Learn about how your seafood gets to your plate, and Samuels and Son Seafood’s role in the process. Samuels Seafood has a brand new seafood podcast, MONGER, and the Aquademia team is excited to have them on to introduce it.
Sustainable Living Series: You Should Start Food Composting
Jul 22, 2019 • 29 min
In this episode of Aquademia’s Sustainable Living Series, Maddie and Shaun go over why composting your food waste is increasingly important, as well as how you can cultivate a composting cycle in your own life.
Choices, Not Options: The Story of Aquaculture with Joe McElwee
Jul 15, 2019 • 41 min
Joe McElwee has been in the aquaculture industry since the 1980s. He chatted with the Aquademia team about his history in the industry, particularly with recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), as well as what we (as consumers and as people in the…
Tilapia Webinar Announcement and the Seafood Showdown
Jul 8, 2019 • 13 min
Join Shaun, Justin and Maddie this week and hear about the upcoming webinar about provide an opportunity for suppliers and the marketplace to exchange ideas and discuss trade obstacles specific to tilapia. Speakers will provide an overview of regulatory…
Improving the Seafood Industry with Jacqueline Claudia
Jul 1, 2019 • 45 min
This week, Aquademia sat down with Jacqueline Claudia, CEO of LoveTheWild, to talk about how she, a coal miner’s daughter from Pennsylvania, got started in the aquaculture industry.
Mimic The River: New GAA Film Release!
Jun 24, 2019 • 6 min
GAA Films is a documentary short film series highlighting the untold stories of the people and places around the world practicing aquaculture. The newest GAA Film, Mimic the River showcases Vietnamese aquaculture practitioners, taking a focused look on…
Species Spotlight: Tilapia – Part 2: Tariff Tribulations
Jun 17, 2019 • 49 min
The next in our species spotlight series – Tilapia, Part 2! There is so much to talk about with this species: its history, why it’s a great example of how aquaculture can make the seafood industry more sustainable, and its misconceptions. This week, the…
GOAL Conference with Steve Hedlund
Jun 10, 2019 • 29 min
Have you heard of the GOAL Conference? GOAL stands for Global Outlook for Aquaculture leadership, and it is an annual conference hosted by the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA). The aim of the conference is to educate and address the major relevant and…
Species Spotlight: Tilapia - Part 1: The Gateway Fish
Jun 3, 2019 • 47 min
The next in our species spotlight series – Tilapia! There is so much to talk about with this species: its history, why it’s a great example of how aquaculture can make the seafood industry more sustainable, and its misconceptions. This week, the Aquademia…
Housekeeping! Aquaculture 101 and Next Weeks Episode
May 27, 2019 • 13 min
This week, we’re doing some housekeeping! We discuss the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s campaign Aquaculture 101, which can be found in the links below. We also talk about what’s coming next for the podcast!
Seafood Innovations: Kelp Farming with Markos Scheer of Seagrove Kelp Co.
May 20, 2019 • 23 min
The process of growing kelp enhances the water around it, is a counter agent to ocean acidification and is the most sustainable, renewable and environmentally friendly agriculture on the planet. Shaun and Justin interview Markos Scheer of Seagrove Kelp…
Listener Q+A: Sustainable Seafood?
May 13, 2019 • 25 min
The Aquademia team responds to some questions from listeners about how to know if seafood is sustainable, how to know if seafood has gone bad, where to buy sustainable seafood (wild and farmed), and also reads reviews from lovely listeners!
A Taste of SENA2019!
May 6, 2019 • 66 min
In this episode, Aquademia visits Seafood Expo North America 2019 (SENA) in Boston, MA, USA. The team interviewed seafood industry professionals throughout the expo, learning about their innovations, challenges and aspirations.
What are Ecolabels?
Apr 29, 2019 • 11 min
Have you ever bought something that was USDA certified organic? Ever wondered what that, and what other ecolabels, actually stand for? Join Aquademia as we hear from some experts about what the purpose of ecolabels is, as well as what we can trust about…
Earth Day at Aquademia!
Apr 22, 2019 • 34 min
April 22 is Earth Day, and in this episode, Shaun, Justin and Maddie are celebrating by discussing how seafood relates to the Earth Day 2019 theme of “Protect Our Species”. Why do you care about Earth Day, and how do you celebrate? “In nature, nothing…
Sustainable Living Series Episode 2: Sustainability in the Kitchen
Apr 15, 2019 • 38 min
When thinking about the overwhelming issues facing our planet these days, it’s comforting to learn new things about how YOU can help. Join Shaun, Justin and Maddie as they delve into sustainability tips when it comes to your kitchen.
Seafood 101 - Where Do I Start??
Apr 8, 2019 • 12 min
Nine in 10 Americans are falling short of meeting the recommended two servings of seafood per week. Not sure where to start with seafood? Join Shaun and Justin as they hear from experts Molly Jacques and Sherri Clerk about the basics of seafood.
Seafood Innovations: Algal Oil with Karim Kurmaly of Veramaris
Apr 1, 2019 • 23 min
In our world today, technological innovations come at lightning speed. The aquaculture industry is no different. Karim Kurmaly and Veramaris are on a mission to feed farmed seafood with high-quality, sustainable omega-3 fatty acids made from algal oil.
What does the word “SUSTAINABLE” actually mean?
Mar 25, 2019 • 12 min
The Aquademia Podcast supports “sustainable” seafood - but what does that mean? In this episode, Shaun and Justin go in-depth with their research on what makes a product sustainable with guests Dr. Halley Froehlich, Maddie Cassidy and Avery Siciliano.
Sustainable Living Series Episode 1: Managing Your Waste
Mar 17, 2019 • 23 min
The word “sustainable” is a buzzword that can be difficult to break down into actionable concepts and tasks. Aquademia wants to make it easier for you. The first episode in Aquademia’s Sustainable Living Series is all about a simple way to make your…
Seafood and Global Climate Change
Mar 17, 2019 • 11 min
How is seafood connected with Global Climate Change? We talk about the basics of climate change, how it is connected with seafood, and what needs to change moving forward. Let’s talk about seafood.
Earth’s Got Issues.
Mar 11, 2019 • 12 min
What are some of the major issues facing our planet right now? How is seafood connected to these issues? The Earth’s got issues. What we can, as seafood lovers, do to help?
Species Spotlight: Mussels!
Mar 11, 2019 • 10 min
Shaun, Justin, and Maddie talk about mussels in Aquademia’s first Species Spotlight Episode! Let’s talk about seafood.
Welcome to the Aquademia Podcast!
Mar 6, 2019 • 2 min
Thanks for checking out the Aquademia Podcast! Aquademia is your go-to podcast for a fresh take on all things seafood! We’ll dive into how seafood is connected to the issues facing our planet, what consumers can do to help, and how to make good seafood…