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Kepley BioSystems Presents at the 2018 Interventional Marine Ecology Symposium

JANUARY 2018 --  Researchers from Kepley BioSystems and the Savannah State University Department of Marine Biology discussed novel approaches to global challenges in marine ecology at the Interventional Marine Ecology Symposium 2018.  The symposium was coordinated by the Savannah State University Department of Marine Biology, welcoming researchers from Kepley BioSystems, Inc. and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

Marine ecosystems are facing increasing challenges, worldwide. Researchers from Kepley BioSystems, Inc. (KBI) and the Savannah State University (SSU) Department of Marine Biology presented novel approaches to universal trends impacting marine ecology and to propose disruptive solutions to an array of environmental crises with global impact. The KBI/SSU symposium on “Interventional Marine Ecology” was held at the Savannah State University.  

Topics included:

  • Synthetic, sustainable crustacean bait using the same naturally occurring molecules as in baitfish –with potential to conserve 18 million tons of wild fish used merely as bait every year – posing urgent, global threats to human and wildlife food security, the environment, and commercial and recreational fishing industries.
  • “Free range” cultivation of Atlantic horseshoe crabs, the sole source of amebocytes, indispensable to human medicine. A patented catheter and scalable “ranching” would advance a rationale to forestall wild capture and help replenish this keystone species.
  • An enriched, easily digestible food for migrating shorebirds to alleviate diminishing access to adequate nourishment due to climate change, industrial harvesting of keystone species, habitat destruction and pollution.
  • Sustainable, worm-based aquaculture feed fortified to address USDA objectives. At risk of collapse in various regions/species, another 35 million tons of forage fish are captured annually for farmed-fish feedstock.

Kepley BioSystems, Inc. and the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering are located at Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro, North Carolina.