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Sharing the Ocean:
Protecting Fish and Fishing

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and the Pew Oceans Commission have documented that our nation's oceans are in trouble. World-renowned marine biologist, Sylvia Earle, states that in fifty years we've eaten more than 90% of the big fish in the sea and that more marine conservation measures are necessary. Others contend that environmental plans overestimate the amount of protection needed and that current conservation measures are killing the fishing industry. Is a marine life protection plan compatible with a viable fishing industry?

A panel of experts presented different sustainable fishing strategies within the context of marine science and fishery management.

Featured panelists included: (click name for bio)

Conan Nolan—moderator

Reporter, NBC4

Robert Warner, PhD.

Professor and Chair of the Department of Ecology, Evolution, & Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Mike McCorkle

Commercial Fisherman and President of the Southern California Trawlers Association

Michael Bell

Marine Project Director for the Central Coast Groundfish Project, The Nature Conservancy, California

Kelly Sayce

Public Outreach and Education Coordinator, Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, Los Angeles
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