URI School of Oceanography to Host Sustainable Fishery Lecture

As the Metcalf Institute’s free Public Lecture Series continues Tuesday, scientists question whether it is possible to have sustainable fisheries.


NARRAGANSETT – A new global database on wild fish populations has fisheries scientists questioning conventional wisdom.  

Metcalf Institute’s Annual Public Lecture Series on Tuesday, June 11 at 3:30 p.m. at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography will focus on Rethinking the Global Fisheries Crisis.

Dr. Olaf Jensen of Rutgers University’s Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences will discuss the implications of the database, which is overturning assumptions about how fisheries operate and what we can do to ensure that the seas continue to provide food on a sustainable basis.
Jensen’s talk is part of a weeklong lecture series, Scientists and Journalists: Getting the Point Across, June 10 through June 14.  The Metcalf series is free and open to the public and will explore a variety of environmental issues affecting coastal communities, including:

  • Building Resilient Cities: Lessons from Hurricane Sandy – Wednesday, June 12, 3:30 p.m.
  • Ocean Acidification in Earth’s Past: Insights to the Future – Thursday, June 13, 3:30 p.m.
  • Digging Deep for News: New Approaches to Environmental Reporting – Friday, June 14, 11 a.m.

The lectures will be held at the Coastal Institute Auditorium at the URI Narragansett Bay Campus, 218 South Ferry Road in Narragansett.  The Coastal Institute Bookstore will also be open at 3 p.m., prior to the start of the lecture. Lecture videos will be posted at Metcalfinstitute.org and on the Metcalf Institute YouTube channel


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