This coming week MARINA Lab and the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs will host a special guest lecture from Professor Ussif Rashid Sumaila, who will speak on his cutting-edge bioeconomic research around the future of high seas management.

Professor Sumaila's talk is titled "Effective high seas management is necessary for the sustainability of the global ocean," but Professor Allison notes that, "behind this innocuous title is a bold proposition to make the entire ocean beyond areas of national jurisdiction a giant marine protected area, closed to fisheries, and potentially to other economic activities too (such as deep-sea hydrothermal vent mining)."  He adds that, "The original economic proposition has been enlarged to consider the effects of such closure on climate resilience of the oceans and nutrition security of coastal and island nations." 

Dr. Sumaila is Professor and Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the University of British Columbia. He received his Ph.D. from Bergen University, Norway, and holds a B.Sc. with honors from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria. Dr. Sumaila is deeply interested in how economics, through integration with ecology and other disciplines, can be used to help ensure that ocean resources are sustainably managed for the benefit of both current and future generations. He specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries. Sumaila has experience working in fisheries and natural resource projects in Norway, Canada and the North Atlantic region, Namibia and the Southern African region, Ghana and the West African region and Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

Dr. Sumaila has earned many prestigious awards in the course of his career including the just announced 2017 Excellence in Science Award by the Peter Benchley Ocean Award.