Bevan Seminar Series, TODAY with Rupert Howes

Please join the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences for our free public symposium, the Bevan Series, featuring internationally-recognized experts.

The 2015 Bevan Series is organized around a collection of current controversies in fisheries, with small groups of speakers to provide alternative perspectives on the issues at hand. We will discuss commercial whaling, seafood certification, the efficacy of marine protected areas, and inter-sectoral allocation in fisheries management.  We invite you to join us for 10 informative lectures and take your place at the leading edge of marine conservation.

Today, February 26, 4:30 PM, social follows

University of Washington, Fishery Sciences Auditorium, 102
1122 NE Boat Street, Seattle, Washington


Fifteen years on, the role of certification in incentivizing sustainable fisheries



Rupert Howes has been Chief Executive of the Marine Stewardship Council since October 2004. MSC’s mission is to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood, and working with partners to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis.

Rupert came to the MSC from the influential sustainable development organization Forum for the Future, which works in partnership with business, capital markets, governments, and others to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable way of life.

Rupert was Director of the Forum Sustainable Economy Programme, prior to which he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit, Sussex University, and Research Officer at the International Institute for Environment and Development.

Rupert qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, University of London and a BA (Econ) Hons. from Sussex University.  Rupert received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2007 for his work in establishing the MSC as the world’s leading fishery certification and eco–labelling programme and a WWF “Leaders for a Living Planet” Award in 2009. He was also awarded a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award in 2014.


The Bevan Series is generously funded by the Donald E. Bevan Endowed Fund in Fisheries, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, the Alaska Fisheries Science Center, and Washington Sea Grant. The Bevan Series was founded by Tanya Bevan, as a tribute to her late husband, Don Bevan. Don’s academic career spanned almost 50 years at the University of Washington, during which time he was director of the School of Fisheries and dean of the College of Fisheries. His work focused on the key intersection between science, economics, and politics, and he was deeply involved in the enactment and reauthorization of the Magnuson Act which governs America’s marine fisheries. He worked tirelessly to ensure that fisheries managers, industry and scientists spoke with a unified voice in changing federal regulations, and also helped found what is now the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs.

The Bevan Series seeks to continue the legacy of Don Bevan’s legacy by examining current issues affecting fisheries and marine conservation. We try to represent as many viewpoints as possible, focusing on solutions, not just problems.

Dr. Daniel Schindler

View the full seminar schedule on the 2015 Bevan Series on Sustainable Fisheries.

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