Events & Media

June 2, 2015

Bren Professor to Speak at World Ocean Summit
Chris Costello to present recent work related to sustainable fisheries

Chris Costello

Bren professor Chris Costello is in Portugal this week to speak at The Economist magazine’s third World Ocean Summit. The sold-out three-day event, which attracts some 250 high-ranking representatives from business, NGOs, academia, foundations, government, and multilateral agencies, is held with the intention of setting “a new global agenda for the ocean economy.”

Professor Costello is scheduled to speak Thursday about two recent fisheries-related research projects he led and that relate to this year’s event theme: “Blue Economy,” which is described by The Economist as follows:

"The ‘blue economy’ is nascent and not yet clearly defined, but it offers a vision of the ocean and coasts as a new source of economic growth, job creation and investment.

"Viewed narrowly, this could simply mean the beginning of a new and intensified phase of conventional economic activity. Yet, a more expansive interpretation sees a blue economy in which economic opportunity is balanced by responsible investment in a sustainable ocean economy — a ‘win-win’ scenario in which the private sector, acting through enlightened self-interest, is a catalyst for both economic development and environmental protection.In this vision, the blue economy is in itself a source of opportunity, investment and growth."

Follow the event discussion online:

Facebook: World Ocean Summit
Twitter: @Economist_WOS
LinkedIn: World Ocean Summit group