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, USSEE 2009 Conference, May 31-June 3 2009:

Pathways and Policies toward Sustainable Fisheries and Marine Ecosystems

Conveners: Glenn-Marie Lange, Karin Limburg, Rashid Sumaila

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.

There will be 6 presentations in 2 sessions.  Each speaker (in boldface below) will have 25 minutes, and following the third speaker in each session, there will be 15 minutes for discussion.

Part I: Diagnosis of the problems

  1. U.R. Sumaila: Managing fishery resources for all generations
  2. G.-M. Lange: Economic value of marine ecosystem services in Zanzibar:  implications for marine conservation and sustainable development
  3. K.E. Limburg & J.R. Waldman: Dramatic declines in diadromous fishes: How socio-economic pathologies lead to lost ecosystem services


Part II: Prescriptions for sustainable fisheries and marine ecosystem management
(4) K. Kellehar:  Recovering the sunken billions
(5) M. Schulter and H. Leslie: Managing tradeoffs in the use of aquatic ecosystem services
(6) T. Agardy: Brave new worlds in marine fisheries management

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More information about the Symposium can be found by contacted Dr. Rashid Sumaila.  More information about the 2009 USSEE Conference can be found on the conference website.