EESS Fall Seminar Series, co-sponsored with Stanford Woods Environmental Forum, Ussif Rashid Sumaila, Director and Professor, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia
EESS Fall Seminar Series, co-sponsored with Stanford Woods Environmental Forum, Ussif Rashid Sumaila, Director and Professor, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, Fisheries Centre, University of British Columbia, "An Interdisciplinary Economic Approach to Improving Human-Coastal Environment Interactions", Abstract: Currently, approximately 60% of the world’s population lives within 60 km of the coast, and this number is expected to reach 75% within the next few decades. The set of knowledge needed to understand and manage humans and their interactions with coastal environments are clearly out of the scope of any one discipline. I therefore begin my talk by illustrating how I integrate economics with other disciplines to study human-coastal environment systems. I proceed to address questions about the relationship between humans and the coastal environment using marine fisheries as example. Displaying fish catch and fishing effort data to set the stage, I employ a bioeconomic model and economic data to show that interactions between fishers and fish are currently not sustainable in many parts of the world, resulting in overfishing, economic losses, and food security problems. Next, I embark on an interdisciplinary analysis to show that by rebuilding global fisheries we will improve food security while increasing the profitability of the fishing sector. In the closing part of my talk, I present ideas for my future research; share my passion for teaching and the training of future leaders to take on challenges at the interface of human-coastal environment interactions; and demonstrate how I have communicated my research outcomes to policy-makers and the broader public.