Josh Goldman has been on a 30-year mission championing human and environmental health through Climate-Smart Ocean Farming–and it all started in his college dorm.
Beginning in a solar greenhouse attached to his dorm, Josh developed some of the core innovations used globally in closed-containment (‘RAS’) aquaculture. At age 20, his ground-breaking research garnered support from The Pew Charitable Trust, which funded his efforts with a $400,000 grant.
After graduating from Hampshire College, he co-founded Bioshelters, Inc., one of the first commercial aquaponic farms that helped introduce tilapia to American consumers. But even as tilapia was succeeding, Josh became convinced that the right fish could play a significant role in improving human health while meeting the growing demand for protein and reducing the environmental impact of food production.
Seeking answers, Josh went on a three-year quest to find a better fish to farm. After trialing more than 30 species, he selected barramundi—a move cheered by author Paul Greenberg, who noted that it was “chosen specifically for its small ecological footprint and its natural tendency to adapt to human culture.”
Prior to co-founding Australis, Josh consulted globally to assist his clients to implement more effective marketing programs and improve the environmental performance of their farms. He completed a 3-year graduate program in leadership, strategy and design and holds multiple patents on water-reuse technologies and low-carbon shipping methods. Josh received the Institute of Food Technologies’ Boloffi award for innovation and a Seafood Champions Award in 2009 for sustainability.
Josh launched Greener Grazing in 2017, a groundbreaking initiative developing the knowledge pathway needed to commence ocean-based cultivation of Asparagopsis taxiformis, the red seaweed which can dramatically reduce methane emissions from ruminant animals when supplemented at >1% of their diet.
When he’s not steering the ship at Australis, he’s educating the public about the role of tropical aquaculture in the food system and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Stanford, Yale and Hampshire and elsewhere. He led the restoration and serves as VP and Treasurer of the Shea Theater Arts Center, Inc. in Turners Falls, MA and is a Board member of Seeds of Solitary Education Center. Josh has been featured in over 200 media stories, including a 2011 TIME cover story on the Future of Fish.