Date: Friday, November 21, 2014
Time: 9am to 5pm
16th in the “Toward a Sustainable 21st Century” series, this program will address major unsolved sustainability challenges of global society. The underlying problems confronted across the domains of this conference are particularly daunting:
• World population is expected to increase from the current seven billion today to at least nine billion by 2050.
• One billion people in the developing world depend on the world’s fisheries for their source of vital protein.
• Broad trends are well known: decline in fish size and availability in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres raise the specter of food insecurity on a global scale.
• In addition to overexploitation of fisheries, the world’s ability to produce food is negatively impacted by growing competition for energy, land and water.
• Productivity of the world’s oceans is already stressed beyond the pressure on global fisheries by toxic contamination, increasing organic pollution, degradation of coastal waters, and the effects of climate change.
This conference will address the topic across the domains of the urgency of the problem, defining the underlying science, presenting challenges of law and governance, and imperatives for action. Among the confirmed speakers are: Adam Martiny, UC Irvine; Matthew Bracken, UC Irvine; Donovan German, UC Irvine; Allison Moreno, UC Irvine; Katherine Mackey, UC Irvine; Andrew Sharpless, Oceana; Geoff Shester, Oceana; Joseph F.C. DiMento, UC Irvine; Anastasia Telesetsky, University of Idaho; Donna Christie, Florida State University; Joshua Eagle, University of South Carolina; Richard Matthew, UC Irvine; and Mark Spalding, Ocean Foundation; Rebecca G. Martone, Stanford University.