The Privatization of the Oceans = Privatization, not Sustainability

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 13:00 to 14:30

The CBS Sustainability Platform would like to invite you to join our next Sustainability Seminar with Assistant Professor Seth Macinko, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of Rhode Island on Monday 18 March from 13:00-14:30.

This presentation examines the leading prescription for “saving” the world’s commercial fisheries and the fish stocks they exploit: the so-called ‘privatization of the oceans”. Framed for a general audience, the emphasis on private property rights in fisheries is placed into a broader context of managing natural resources generally and ideological beliefs about the power of self-interest to produce self-regulating processes. World experience with such beliefs is contrasted with the idea of “sustainability”. The role of economics, and economists, in providing policy advice is also critically examined.
Seth Macinko teaches courses in fisheries law and management in the Department of Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island (USA) where he is an associate professor. He has served on the Scientific and Statistical Committee of the N. Pacific Fishery Management Council (which manages the fisheries off Alaska) since 1996. He has published widely on proposals to introduce so-called property rights into fisheries and on the impacts of contemporary management trends on fishing communities. He earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley and fished commercially in Alaska before that.

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We look forward to seeing you!

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