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ONLINE DEBATE: Large no-take areas – Is their total environmental impact positive or negative? With Callum Roberts and Ray Hilborn

ONLINE DEBATE: Large no-take areas – Is their total environmental impact positive or negative? With Callum Roberts and Ray Hilborn

Date: Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013
Time: noon US EDT / 9 am US PDT / 4 pm GMT
To join the debate on Oct 8: http://openchannels.org/node/4410

This will be an online, text-based debate on whether the total environmental impact of large no-take areas is ultimately positive or negative. The audience will be able to comment and ask questions throughout the debate. The event is co-hosted by OpenChannels, MPA News, and the EBM Tools Network.

*  Callum Roberts will argue that the total environmental impact of large no-take areas – such as Australia’s recently designated 500,000-km2 no-take area in the Coral Sea – is positive. Callum is a professor of marine conservation biology at York University (UK) where he studies the use of no-take areas as tools for biodiversity conservation and fishery management, among other subjects. He authored the books “The Unnatural History of the Sea” and “The Ocean of Life: Fate of Man and the Sea”, and has served on advisory panels to multiple ocean studies commissions.

*  Ray Hilborn will argue that the total environmental impact of large no-take areas may be negative due to the need to make up food production from other, more environmentally damaging methods, either at sea or on land. Ray is a professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University of Washington where he studies conservation, natural resource management, and fisheries stock assessment and risk analysis. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and is author of “Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know”, published by Oxford University Press.

About the debate format:

This event will take place on www.OpenChannels.org, the knowledge-sharing forum for ocean planners and managers worldwide. It will be a live interactive debate conducted by typing and reading text – there is no audio component.

Audience members will be able to post comments in response to Callum and Ray’s arguments as the debate is occurring, and Callum and Ray may address those comments as they wish.

You do not need to be logged into OpenChannels.org to participate in the debate, but you are encouraged to create a user account and log in so you do not need to type your name in every post.

To join the debate on Oct 8: http://openchannels.org/node/4410