Critical Issues Facing the World’s Oceans
Beginning at 7:30 P.M
October 03, 2008
Stony Brook Southampton
Sponsored by the Institute for Ocean Conservation Science.
Presentation at this event.
Dr. Ellen K. Pikitch
Professor, Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Executive Director, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science
Friday, October 3rd, 2008
Duke Lecture Hall-Chancellors Hall
Southampton Campus 7:30 P.M.
The lecture will be followed by a reception.
"Conservation of Endangered Marine Fishes in the World’s Oceans"
The ocean has long been seen as so vast and filled with riches that its bounty was considered endless, and even in 2008 many still believe that fish are extinction-proof. This enduring myth couldn’t be further from the truth. During the past century we have witnessed a massive diminution of ocean wildlife, including the loss of 90 percent of top ocean predators and the collapse of some of the sea’s greatest fisheries. Fishing has been the leading cause of all extinctions, followed by habitat destruction.
Dr. Pikitch has been at the forefront of fisheries management research for 20 years, and is leading the charge for broad-based adoption of a holistic “ecosystem-based” approach to managing fisheries in New York and beyond. In this lecture, she will describe the Institute’s research into some of the world’s most imperiled, vulnerable fishes -- sturgeon, and sharks – and the conservation measures necessary to ensure their survival in the years ahead.