Sustainable Use, Biodiversity and Climate Change – What is Success When the Goalposts Keep Moving?

On Tuesday, October 22 the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs and the Quaternary Research Center welcomed Dr. Jake Rice, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, who gave a talk titled “Sustainable Use, Biodiversity and Climate Change – What is Success When the Goalposts Keep Moving?”

Keeping uses of natural resources sustainable has not been simple, especially in the ocean where governance has always been more complex than on land. Despite the governance challenges, some progress has been made on both building a stronger Blue Economy and increasing protection to biodiversity, on local and sometimes even regional scales. Most attribute the progress in large part to more rule-based decision-making, using best knowledge available.

During his talk, Dr. Rice explored strategies to derive management goals that could result in communities actually well-adapted to the marine environmental conditions that they will encounter – from the scales of population life histories to community composition. He summarized the potential benefits of a re-definition of our overall objectives, some elements of what is needed to undertake such a transition of goals, and why it may be necessary to have the hubris to try.

If you missed Dr. Rice’s lecture, it is available here.

This talk was sponsored by the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA) and the Quaternary Research Center (QRC), University of Washington. The QRC is celebrating its 50th anniversary by hosting talks by scholars at the cutting edge of Quaternary Research to celebrate Quaternary Pasts and Futures: A multidisciplinary series on the Earth an its inhabitants over the past 2 million years.