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Ocean Health, Global Fishing and Food Security

Friday, November 21, 2014, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
of the National Academies of Sciences and Engineering (map)


This will be the 16th program in the “Toward a Sustainable 21st Century” series addressing major unsolved sustainability challenges of global society. The underlying problems confronted across the domains of this conference are particularly daunting:
  • World population is expected to increase from its over 7 billion today to at least 9 billion by 2050.
  • 1 billion people in the developing world depend on the world’s fisheries for their source of vital protein.
  • The broad trends are well known: declines in fish size and availability in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres raise the specter of food insecurity on a global scale.
  • In addition to the over exploitation of fisheries, the world’s ability to produce food is negatively impacted by growing competition for energy, land and water.
  • The productivity of the world’s oceans is already stressed beyond the pressure on global fisheries by toxic contamination, increasing organic pollution, the degradation of coastal waters, and the effects of climate change.
The conference will address the topic across the domains of the urgency of the problem, defining the underlying science, presenting challenges of law and governance, and imperatives for action.

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Sharpless, CEO, Oceana

Speakers and Panelists


John C. Hemminger
Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Irvine

Defining the Science

Matthew Bracken
Associate Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine

Donovan German
Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine

Allison Moreno
Graduate Student, Earth System Science, UC Irvine

Katherine Mackey
Clare Boothe Luce Assistant Professor, Earth Systems Science, UC Irvine

Law, Governance and Science

Anastasia Telesetsky
Associate Professor of Law, University of Idaho

Donna Christie
Elizabeth C. & Clyde W. Atkinson Professor of Law, Florida State University

Josh Eagle
Solomon Blatt Professor of Law, University of South Carolina

Food Security

Richard Matthew
Director, Center for Unconventional Security Affairs;
Professor, Planning, Policy and Design, and Political Science, UC Irvine

Mark Spalding
Chair and President, The Ocean Foundation

Imperatives for Action

Geoff Shester
California Campaign Director, Oceana

Erin Meyer
Associate Scientist for the MPA Monitoring Enterprise, California Ocean Science Trust

Rebecca Martone
Ecosystem Health Program Lead, Center for Ocean Solutions, Stanford University


Adam Martiny
Associate Professor, Earth System Science and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine

Alejandro Camacho
Professor of Law and Director, Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, UC Irvine

Joseph F.C. DiMento
Professor of Law, Joint Appointment in Law and Planning, Policy, and Design, UC Irvine

Presented by

UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources

Newkirk Center for Science and Society

School of Social Ecology

Center for Unconventional Security Affairs