Denial, Detente, and Decisions: Fisheries Science at the Crossroads

Saturday, February 20, 2010: 1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Room 17A (San Diego Convention Center)
There is now consensus in the scientific community that fisheries and oceans need to be managed on an ecosystems basis. This consensus coincides with recognition of a crisis in global fisheries brought on by the failure of management institutions. Is fisheries science up to the challenge of reforming institutions as well as repairing overfished ecosystems? Is a more integrated, interdisciplinary science of fisheries conservation on the horizon? Speakers will assess the present state of fisheries and fisheries science and how society can make the transition to a new, more integrated science based on a better understanding of how people and institutions behave. To do so, it will consider the evolution of fishery science, the response of current and previous generations of scientists to the collapse of fish stocks, and the contribution of social sciences to the management of fisheries, particularly economics and studies of decision-making.
Alison Rieser, University of Hawaii at Manoa
John Lynham, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Felicia C. Coleman, Florida State University
Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia
Beyond Duplicity and Ignorance in Fisheries
Ellen K. Pikitch, Stony Brook University
Decision Frameworks and Reconciling Fisheries to Conservation
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