Wed. May 23, 2018 – 7PM


Presented by Mr. Juan Aguirre

With a threatened seafood supply due to increasingly acidic waters & rising water temperatures, pollution and ‘over fishing’, the industry of aquaculture has grown to be a significant seafood source in feeding our ever expanding population. It now accounts for over 50% of the world’s fish that is used for food.

 On May 23, 2018, Juan Aguirre, experienced aquaculturist, based in California, will provide a general background on aquaculture. He will discuss the farming techniques for the most common species, the ecosystem impacts, economic indicators, and expected future developments; offering insights that will help us become more environmentally responsible consumers.

Juan Aguirre recently worked as a project manager of the Aquaculture Certification Department at SCS Global Services Inc., Sustainable Seafood Division, a company that partnered with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in monitoring the industry. With over 20 years of experience in the field of commercial aquaculture and an academic background in ecology and biological oceanography, he has developed significant expertise in sustainable seafood production and certification.

Additional information about the speaker:

Mr. Aguirre received his BS and Masters’ degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Juan is qualified to conduct audits for the ASC Salmon, Shrimp, Amberjack, cobia, tilapia and Bivalves standards and for ASC/MSC Chain of custody certification. He has conducted audits in India, Japan, Indonesia, Australia, Iceland, and North, Central and South America.  Mr. Aguirre also has extensive experience with tropical invertebrate and fish aquaculture as well as technical and managerial knowledge of hatcheries, nurseries, growout systems, recirculation and water treatment systems, aquatic feeds and feed mills, and other aspects of commercial aquaculture.

Who is SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) Global Services, Inc.?

SCS is an international leader in third-party certification and standards development in environmental, sustainability, and food safety and quality performance claims, working with government agencies, industries and NGOs, such as the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC). To receive certification, a client fishery must meet or exceed the minimum standards for legality, including: land and water usage, pollution and waste management, genetics and biodiversity, feed management, health management, veterinary medicines and chemicals, and social accountability.

SCS is accredited to perform full-assessments for the Aquaculture Stewardship Council in Salmon, Abalone, Tilapia and Bivalves, and is currently a formal applicant for the ASC Shrimp standard. Accreditation (the ability to issue certificates) is open for the ASC Salmon, Pangasius and Tilapia standards. Accreditation for the bivalves, abalone, shrimp and freshwater trout standards is expected to open soon.  See:


Wed., June 20, 2018 – 7PM

The Wildlife In Our Neighborhoods – How Can Humans Co-Exist and Support Our Wild Neighbors?

Lecture and discussion with Jackie Williams Kent

Our lecture series this year has been focused on food, for humans and for farm animals. We haven’t talked about food for all the other living creatures we share the world with – the wildlife.  How will they survive if humans continue appropriating the land they live on, killing off native food sources and polluting streams with chemicals, and often treating them as nuisances?

This lecture will explore the native wildlife in our urban and suburban neighborhoods – their natural behaviors and their importance to a biologically diverse ecology.  It will also talk about what humans can do to protect habitat and food sources, and when and how you might lend a helping hand to an injured or orphaned animal.

Our presenter, Jackie Williams Kent, is President of Wildlife Rehabilitation Support of PA (WRSPA) and Education Director of Philly Metro Wildlife Center (PHWC). Jackie is an environmental educator who has developed and delivered over 100 wildlife programs for a variety of audiences, from preschool-aged children to senior citizens. She is also a member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators (IAATE), and the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC).