4th Annual Burba Family Lecture
ECOSYSTEM-BASED MANAGEMENT OF OUR OCEANS: FAIRY TALE OR FINALLY HERE?
Presented by Dr. Phil Levin
Program Manager, Ecosystem Science
NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Ecosystem-based management (EBM) is not a new idea, nor, it will be argued, is it absolutely necessary for sustainable fisheries. However, fishing, even sustainably, has clear ecosystem and conservation consequences, and it is within this realm of multiple objectives and management mandates that EBM is critical. But, how do we actually do EBM? Now that resource managers and policy makers are embracing (or at least accepting) EBM in concept, there is somewhat limited practical advice on how to implement the tenets of EBM. Despite a reasonable understanding of many of the social and biogeophysical components of marine ecosystems, we lack a framework or process for using science to inform decision making about multiple interacting management objectives. In this talk, an approach to inform resource management decisions will be outlined. Central to this framework is developing an understanding both the bio-physical and social aspects of ecosystems. This coupled approach allows us to make incremental progress towards EBM given current management, policy and legal constraints.
The event will take place in the Murphy Bunker at the Marine Science Center. No RSVP is required for the lecture. Light refreshments will be served before the start.
This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Burba Family, and is the 4th annual event in this lecture series.
Friday, October 23, 2015 at 4:00pm
Northeastern University Marine Science Center, Murphy Bunker Classroom 430 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908