The Ocean's Role in Sustainable Food Production

September 16-17, 2019

Oceans Role FlyerSeating is limited with preregistration required 

REGISTER HERE (Registration deadline Sept 10)

$10 for students, $25 for non-students; refreshments and lunch included

The Robert Mondavi Institute 
Silverado Vineyard Sensory Theater
392 Old Davis Road
Davis, CA 95616

Parking: $10

Our symposium will present the current scientific, economic, social, and governance issues surrounding the ocean’s role in global food production and explore potential impacts of climate change on these functions and processes.


  • Commercial fisheries management
  • Aquaculture development
  • Marine inputs in aquaculture and agriculture
  • Forage fish management and conservation

Tentative Schedule

September 16

8:00-9:00 am - Registration, coffee and light refreshments

9:00 - Introductions

9:15-10 Keynote

Cisco Werner, Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor for NOAA Fisheries

10:00-10:15 - Break

10:15-11:45 - Commercial fisheries management

Kiva Oken, Postdoctoral Researcher, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center and University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Matt Reimer, Associate Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Department of Economics and Public Policy, University of Alaska Anchorage

Laurie Richmond, Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Management, Humboldt State University

12:00-1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00-1:45 - Keynote (speaker to be finalized)

1:45-2:00 - Break

2:00-3:30 - Aquaculture development

Esteban Rameriz, CEO, Instituto Tecnológico del Salmón (Intesal)

James Anderson, Professor and Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, Food and Resource Economics Department, University of Florida

Taylor Voorhees, Senior Aquaculture Scientist, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch

3:30-5:00 - Marine Inputs in Agriculture and Aquaculture

Frank Asche, Professor, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Jackson Gross, Cooperative Extension Aquaculture Specialist, Department of Animal Science, UC Davis

Albert Tacon, Technical Director, Aquatic Farms Ltd

5:00-6:30 - Reception

September 17

8:30-9 am - Coffee and light refreshments

9:00-10:30 - Forage fisheries management and conservation

Joshua Abbott, Associate Professor, School of Sustainability, University of Arizona

Tim Essington, Professor and Associate Director, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington

Tessa Francis, Lead Ecosystem Ecologist, Puget Sound Institute, University of Washington

10:45-12:00 - Sustainable Futures panel I: Seafood Industry perspectives

Sherry Flumerfelt, Executive Director, Monterrey Bay Fisheries Trust

Dick Jones, President and CEO, Ocean Outcomes

Anna Neumann, Fisher, Formerly of Princess Seafood

12:00-1:00 - Lunch

1:00-2:15 - Sustainable Futures panel II: Coexistence of Commercial Fisheries & Aquaculture

Martin Smith, George M. Woodwell Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics, Duke University

Elsa Patricia Galarza Contreras, Economist, former Minister of the Environment in Peru

Eliza Ghitis, Climate Change Scientist, the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

2:15-2:45 - Meeting wrap-up