American Catch—The Fight for Our Local Seafood

March 2, 2015 - 6:00 pm
Griffith Film Theater, lower level, Bryan University Center

The United State controls more ocean than any country on earth. Yet in spite of this incredible abundance of marine resources, more than 85% of the seafood we consume is imported. But it gets much fishier. In spite of the fact that so much seafood eaten here is imported, American fishermen still export more than 3 billion pounds of fish and shellfish every year. In this lecture James Beard award winning, New York Times bestselling author Paul Greenberg will explain how it is we disconnected from our own seafood and how we might engineer a reconnection. With particular focus on Eastern oysters, Gulf shrimp and Alaska salmon he tells an unlikely tale of how we lost and might regain our local seafood.

These events are free and open to the public.

5:15 - 6 pm: Reception
Bryan University Center, 2nd floor

6 - 7 pm: Ferguson Lecture
Paul Greenberg - Griffith Film Theater, 2nd floor, Bryan University Center

Film shown during lecture:
Working on the Water: A Community Approach to Sustainable Waterfronts
Faced with a long term decline in fishing infrastructure, Walking Fish cooperative is developing a plan for an innovative working waterfront facility to meet the needs of small-scale fishermen in Carteret County, North Carolina. Working under a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant, Walking Fish has engaged in a collaborative process to identify community priorities and formulate a business strategy for the proposed facility. The fishermen of Walking Fish are excited for the opportunity to share their experience in integrating seafood into our local food system.

7:30 - 8:30 pm: Book signing
Immediately following lecture, 2nd floor, Bryan University Center

Tickets are Free (Limit of 2 per person) and available online at, by phone at 919-684-4444, or in person at the Duke University Box Office, open M-F 11 am - 6 pm. There will be a $6 Service Fee for each transaction made over the phone or online.

Parking available in Bryan Center Garage

Event Sponsors:
Nicholas School of the Environment and DukeFish

In association with NC Sea GrantThe NC State Fisheries Society and Locals Seafood.