FREE PUBLIC symposium featuring internationally recognized experts
Thursdays at 4:30pm
10 January–14 March, 2013
Reception to follow
Fishery Sciences Auditorium
1122 NE Boat Street (map)
University of Washington
For more info, contact:
Trevor Branch, 206-221-0776
Funding for the Series is generously provided by Tanya Bevan, friends of Don Bevan, the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Washington Sea Grant, and NOAA's Alaska Fisheries Science Center and Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Director, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia
I will speak about our rapidly changing oceans and how to mitigate the risks and maximize the economic opportunities that those changes bring. I will also explain the linkages between the ocean ecosystem and the economy with a particular focus on climate change, ocean acidification and de-oxygenation. Billions of people in the world rely on the oceans for food, jobs, transportation, recreation and access to trade. The health of the global ocean is therefore important to the global economy and the cultural identity of many people in the world.
Dr. U. Rashid Sumaila is Professor and Director of the Fisheries Centre & Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the University of British Columbia. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries. He is deeply interested in how economics, through integration with ecology and other disciplines, can be used to help ensure that environmental resources are sustainably managed for the benefit of all generations. Sumaila has experience working in fisheries and natural resource projects in Norway, Canada and the North Atlantic region, Namibia and the Southern African region, Ghana and the West African region and Hong Kong and the South China Sea.
He has published articles in several journals including appearances in Science, Nature and the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. Sumaila's work has generated a great deal of interest, and his work has been cited by media such the Economist, the Boston Globe, the International Herald Tribune, Maine Sunday Telegram, the Financial Times, the Globe and Mail, VOA, CBC News and the Vancouver Sun.
The recognition of Sumaila's contribution to the global debate on sustainable ocean fisheries has won him awards, including, the Leopold Leadership Fellowship, the Pew Fellowship for Marine Conservation; the Craigdarroch Award for Societal Contribution; the Zayed International Price for the Environment and the Peter Wall Institute Senior Early Career Scholar Award.
The evidence of his policy influence can be judged by the many high-level invited panels and talks he has given over the years including at the UN Rio + 20 Ocean Dialogue, the White House, the U.S. Congress, the Canadian Parliament, the House of Lords, UK, the African Union-Economic Commission for Africa Development Forum, Addis Ababa, and the WTO. Indeed, Sumaila got an audience with Prince Charles at the St James Palace in London in 2010, where they discussed how to achieve sustainable ocean fisheries worldwide.
In June 2012, in recognition of Sumaila's contributions to the field of ocean and fisheries economics, management and policy, he was appointed to the 2nd Johan Hjort Chair in Marine Economics and Management by the Nordic Centre of Excellence "NorMER" led by the University of Oslo. As part of that contribution, Sumaila gave a keynote speech in Helsinki in Oct 2012 during the 2nd annual NorMER meeting.
Sumaila, U.R., Cheung, W.W.L., Dyck, A., Gueye, K., Huang, L., Lam, V.W.Y., Pauly, D., Srinivasan, T., Swartz, W., Pauly, D., and Zeller, D. 2012. Benefits of rebuilding global marine fisheries outweigh costs. PLoS ONE 7(7), e40542, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0040542.
Srinivasan, T., Watson, R., Sumaila, U.R. 2012. Global Fisheries Losses at the Exclusive Economic Zone Level, 1950 to Present. Marine Policy, 36:544-549.
Sumaila U.R., Cheung W.W.L., Lam, V.W.Y., Pauly, D., Herrick S. 2011. Climate change impacts on the biophysics and economics of world fisheries. Nature Climate Change, 1: 449-456.
Lam, V.W.Y., Sumaila, U.R., Dyck, A., Pauly, D., and Watson, R. 2011. Construction and potential applications of a global cost of fishing database. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 68(9):1996-2004.
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