FSE research scholar Ling Cao has been named a member of the Supervisory Board of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), a Netherlands-based non-profit organization founded in 2010 to provide certification and labelling for responsibly farmed seafood.
As a board member, Cao will promote more sustainable fish farming by furthering the understanding and adoption of responsible aquaculture practices, and maintaining and monitoring standards for responsible aquaculture, in order to reduce the negative social and environmental impact of aquaculture. Board members will meet 2-3 times a year to discuss ASC's certification standards.
Cao joined FSE as a postdoctoral fellow in 2013 after completing her Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Trained as an agronomist and environmental scientist, she has focused on interdisciplinary research at the interface between the sustainability of food and natural systems. Her dissertation research quantitatively assessed the sustainability of emerging shrimp farming systems and technologies, and in particular focused on applying these results to producers and consumers in China and US. Currently, she works with FSE director Roz Naylor on issues related to aquaculture, fisheries, and food security in China.