Salmon Aquaculture in the Pacific Northwest:
Enivironmental Impacts and Policy Options

Rosamond Naylor - Senior Fellow, Center for Environmental Science & Policy, Stanford University

Seminar Abstract:

Rapid growth in aquaculture, or farmed fish production, is seen by many people as a solution to the collapse in ocean fisheries worldwide.  For intensive production of carnivorous, high-valued species such as salmon, however, this view is strongly contested.  Dr. Naylor will address this topic by focusing on the growing salmon aquaculture industry in the Pacific Northwest. She will discuss the ecological, economic, social, and policy interactions between farmed and wild salmon and show how policy incentives directed toward fishing and aquaculture production are often in conflict.  She will conclude with an assessment of future policy options.


Rosamond Naylor is currently a senior fellow at the Center for Environmental Science and Poplicy (CESP) at Stanford University.  She recieved her B.A. in Econimics and the Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, her M.Sc. in Econonomics from the London School of Economics, and her Ph.D. in Applied Econimics from Stanford University. She has been the coordinator for the interdisciplinary environmental studies program since she came to CESP in 1989, and has been responsible for facilitating research and teaching at the interfaces of biological sciences, earth sciences, engineering, economics, business, law, and medicine.  Her research fosuses on the environmetnal and equity dimensions of intensive food production in the developing world.  She has been involved in a number of field-level research projects in Southeast Asia--and more recently in Mexico and Micronesia-- concerning issues of aquaculture developement, high-input agricultural development, climate-induced yield variability, and food security.  Naylor was named Fellow in the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program in Environmental Sciences in 1999; Pew Fellow in Conservation and the Environment in 1994; and McNamara Fellow by the World Bank for her work on women and rural developement in 1990.


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