Oregon State University

College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences

Sustaining Global Fisheries Production: What Does it Take?

Ray Hilborn

Ray Hilborn is Professor at the School of Aquatic and Fisheries Sciences, University of Washington.

Ray Hilborn

Monday, November 30, 2015
7:00 p.m.
LaSells Stewart Center

Lecture is free and open to the public.

Reception in the Myrtle Tree Cove at 6:30 p.m.

The media is filled with gloom-and-doom stories about the demise of fisheries. Among them is that 90 percent of the ocean's large fish were depleted by 1980, and that if current trends continue, all fish stocks will be collapsed by the middle of this century. After a 2006 scientific paper estimated that 2048 will be the final demise of fisheries, lead author Boris Worm and speaker Ray Hilborn formed a group to understand differences in perspective about the sustainability of capture fisheries. In 2009, they found that in countries that conduct scientific stock assessments, stocks were on average stable—not in decline. The status of fisheries in many countries has since continued to improve, with fishing mortality rates declining and stocks often rebuilding. However, much of the world does not have effective fisheries management. In those places, stocks appear to be heavily fished and in decline. In this talk, Hilborn will discuss some of the data used to identify the status of fish stocks and fisheries, and outline our current understanding of what it takes to sustainably manage fisheries.

Sponsored by Oregon State University's College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of Applied Economics, and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife.


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