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Pathways and Policies toward Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems

May 31 – June 3, 2009: United States Society for Ecological Economics (USSEE) Conference 2009 Symposium.

Symposium Abstract: Modern fisheries constitute a quintessential ecological-economic problem, wherein 60 years of “rational” management has led to unimaginable erosion of fish stocks along with their habitats, food webs, and ecosystems. Unless fishing behaviors are altered, we face an unprecedented, global collapse of a critical source of protein for an increasing human population. In this symposium, we expose the pathologies of current practices, and explore approaches that will restore, revive, and sustain ecosystem support for fisheries.