One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, New Fish: Society Needs Marine Biodiversity Research

Friday, February 19, 2010: 8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Room 17A (San Diego Convention Center)
A school of fish the size of Manhattan Island, a crab with fur, a habitat at the bottom of the ocean that reaches 407 degrees Celsius, yet sustains an ecosystem -- these discoveries represent just a small sliver of what can be found in the ocean, which is largely unexplored. For the first time, through the Census of Marine Life, researchers are assembling a comprehensive picture of what lives in the ocean. What they have found, however, goes far beyond the discovery of individual species to confirming real connections to human society. Seafood is a vital component of human diets around the world. Millions of jobs rely on marine life, including the transportation and marketing of seafood products, as well as the industries of commercial and recreational fishing and tourism. Advances in medicine, health and the pharmaceutical industry become possible with the discovery and analysis of new species. Each organism in the ocean plays a role in providing these services in the overall ocean ecosystem, the majority of which we are just beginning to understand. This symposium will explore the areas in which biodiversity research, technology and discoveries can benefit society through informing the development of sustainable fisheries and marine protected areas, monitoring endangered species, understanding the impacts of climate change, and providing open-access to data and biological ocean observing.
Heather Mannix, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Ellen Prager, Earth2Ocean Inc.
Michael Feldman, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
and Kate Stoeckle, Johns Hopkins University
Shirley Pomponi, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
Marine Bioprospecting: New Drugs from Unlikely Sources
Huw Griffiths, Natural Environmental Research Council
Understanding Global Climate Change Through Breakthroughs in Polar Research
Ron O'Dor, Consortium for Ocean Leadership
How New Tracking Technologies Can Help Manage Sustainable Fisheries
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