The Ocean's Role in Sustainable Food Production

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This symposium presented the current scientific, economic, social, and governance issues surrounding the ocean’s role in global food production and explore potential impacts of climate change on these functions and processes.


  • Commercial fisheries management
  • Aquaculture development
  • Marine inputs in aquaculture and agriculture
  • Forage fisheries management and conservation


September 16

8:00-9:00 am - Registration, coffee and light refreshments

9:00 - Introductions

9:15-10 Keynote

Cisco Werner, Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor for NOAA Fisheries

10:00-10:15 - Break

10:15-11:45 - Commercial fisheries management

Kiva Oken, Postdoctoral Researcher, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center and University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. UC Davis Assistant Professor Fall 2019

Matt Reimer, Associate Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Department of Economics and Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage. UC Davis Associate Professor Fall 2020.

Laurie Richmond, Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Management, Humboldt State University

12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch

1:15-1:45 - Keynote - Jared Huffman, U.S. Representative for California's 2nd Congressional District

1:45-2:00 - Break

2:00-3:30 - Aquaculture development

James Anderson, Professor and Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida

Tori Spence McConnell, Senior Aquaculture Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

Jackson Gross, Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Specialist, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis

Break 3:30 - 3:45

3:45-5:15 - Marine Inputs in Agriculture and Aquaculture

Albert Tacon, CEO of AquaHana LLC

Luke Gardner, CA Sea Grant Extension at Moss Landing 

Frank Asche, Professor, University of Florida Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

5:15-6:30 - Reception

September 17

8:30-9 am - Coffee and light refreshments

9:00-10:30 - Forage fisheries management and conservation

Tim Essington, Professor and Associate Director, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

Tessa Francis, Lead Ecosystem Ecologist, Puget Sound Institute, University of Washington

Joshua Abbott, Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, Arizona State University

10:45-12:00 - Sustainable Futures panel I: Fisher, Community, and Tribal Perspectives

Anna Neumann, Commercial Fisher

Sherry Flumerfelt, Executive Director, Monterrey Bay Fisheries Trust

Eliza Ghitis, Climate Change Scientist, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

12:00-1:00 - Lunch

1:00-2:15 - Sustainable Futures panel II: Coexistence of Commercial Fisheries & Aquaculture

Martin Smith, George M. Woodwell Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics, Duke University

Elsa Galarza, Economist, former Minister of the Environment, Peru

Dick Jones, President and CEO, Ocean Outcomes

2:15-2:45 - Meeting wrap-up

This symposium is co-sponsored by the following:

The UC Davis Sustainable Oceans National Research Training Program NSF NRT Grant # 1734999. 

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