As president of Massachusetts-based Island Creek Oysters, Christopher Sherman leads a company whose oysters have been at times on the menu of every Michelin-starred restaurant in the U.S., has become one of the nation’s foremost advocates for sustainable aquaculture. In addition, he presides over the company’s non-profit foundation, which has helped start fish farming businesses in Haiti and East Africa, bringing jobs and high-quality protein to needy communities. As the world’s population grows, experts estimate that food producers will need to double crop production by 2050. Focusing primarily on Spain and Colombia, two countries poised to capitalize further on their already developed aquacultures, Sherman will use his fellowship to develop an online tool for evaluating the efficacy of aquaculture projects.


Island Creek Oysters



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Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Development, Social Entrepreneurship
  • chris sherman

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United States Program

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United States

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