Spring Seminar Series, Thursday with Prof. Ray Hilborn

Please join the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences for its Spring Seminar Series. The SAFS seminar series consists of weekly presentations by eminent academics, prospective faculty members and the School’s own faculty members. Seminars are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 4 PM
Social immediately follows

University of Washington
Fishery Sciences Building
Room 102
1122 NE Boat Street
Seattle, Washington (map)

View the full seminar schedule.

For more information, please contact SAFS Front Desk, safsdesk@uw.edu, or 206-543-4270.


When is a Fishery Sustainable?

Defining “sustainable” seafood is now a major international business with dozens of ecolabels now competing to convince retailers and consumers that their label assures the fish are produced sustainably. In this talk I will review the concept of sustainability and the closely related subject of sustainable development, which is generally considered to be the long-term provision of benefits to humans. The talk will move from a single species exploration, to marine ecosystems, and coupled natural human systems. The role of ecolabels and the disturbing commercialization of ecolabeling will be discussed and I will highlight that current definitions of “sustainable seafood” have gone far beyond traditional definitions of sustainability and are largely now dependent on subjective judgements of acceptable environmental impact.


Professor-Ray-Hilborn-VEP-2006-_Menu ImageRay Hilborn is a Professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington specializing in natural resource management and conservation. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in conservation, quantitative population dynamics and risk analysis. He co-authored “Quantitative Fisheries Stock Assessment” with Carl Walters in 1992, and “The Ecological Detective: Confronting Models with Data” with Marc Mangel, in 1997 and has published over 200 peer reviewed articles.


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