The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management is hosting a Dean’s Advisory Council Sponsored Lecture, “Could Closing the High Seas to Fishing Improve Fishery Outcomes?”, presented by Chris Costello, a professor at Bren.
When: Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Where: Room 1414, Bren Hall
“This talk is based on a recent paper co-written by Bren School professor Chris Costello and former Bren postdoctoral researcher and now assistant professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Crow White. In this presentation, Professor Costello will explain why he and Professor White believe that closing the high seas to fishing could double fishing profits and more than double fish stocks”, as described by Jennifer Couture, Class of 2015 Bren student and student representative from Bren’s Dean’s Advisory Council.
Many fish stocks around the world are in decline; this is particularly true in international waters known as the high seas. The race to fish is depleting stocks of tuna, billfish, and other high-value migratory species, resulting in a latter-day “tragedy of the commons” in which any nation can fish as much as it wants without regulation. To reverse this decline, Crow White and Chris Costello analyzed the consequences of a radical approach: Closing the high seas to fishing.