We invite you to join 2019 World Fellow Alex Muñoz for a lecture on ocean conservation and the blue economy. This talk is open to the public and part of Professor Daniel Esty’s class on sustainability. The oceans of the world are more threatened than ever before in history. Three quarters of the planet’s fisheries are overexploited or even collapsed. 9 out of 10 of the big fish in the world like sharks and tuna are gone. Climate change and plastic pollution are also taking a toll on the oceans.
National Geographic’s Pristine Seas project is carrying out an unprecedented effort to saving the world’s oceans by putting together a unique combination of extraordinary at-sea expeditions, cutting-edge science and technology, film-making and policy work with country leaders and local communities. Their work has inspired the establishment of most of the largest marine reserves in the world.
Additionally, Pristine Seas has made the economic case for the sustainable use of the ocean. Healthy seas are key not only for the health of our environment, but also to accelerate economic growth, create jobs, and fight poverty. This discussion will cover issues such as fisheries management, the impact of fishing subsidies around the world and whether or not aquaculture offers a solution to overfishing.