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"Fish Wars: Taking Stock of The South China Sea"

together with a screening of

Saving our Tuna

Dr William Cheung and Professor R Sumaila 


Location: Ming Hua College, Glenealy, Central (this convenient location is situated opposite the Fringe Club)

Date: Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Registration 7.00 pm; Event 7.30 pm
(Members who wish to have a drink prior to the event may wish to go to the Fringe Club or Wilbur’s Bar, both opposite the venue)

The Royal Geographical Society is pleased to welcome Dr William Cheung and Professor R Sumaila to lecture on “Fish Wars: Taking Stock of The South China Sea”.  This is followed by a screening of the short film Saving our Tuna.  In this lecture, Dr Cheung and Professor Sumaila describe the results of their studies of the “wars” for the fish resourses of the South China Sea.  They discuss the status of marine ecosystems, the threats to the traditional fishing industries in the region and review the major strategic implications for the countries surrounding the sea. 

Dr Cheung and Professor Sumaila have studied the current state of fisheries in Asia’s marine waters, particularly the South China Sea, from which a large proportion of the fish consumed in Hong Kong originates.  They have developed management scenarios for improving sustainability in the short- to medium-term.  This provides a basis for assessing the South China Sea’s fisheries in terms of economic, social and ecological indicators, which have major strategic implications for all counties in the region. 

Spanning an area of around 3.8 million square kilometres, the South China Sea is bordered by Hong Kong, China, Macau, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia.  The lecture discusses fishing data on these territories, including information on catch, gear types, aquaculture, illegal fishing, target species, stock status, operational scale, employment and trade.  Fisheries resources are crucial for supporting coastal livelihoods, food security and export trade in the South China Sea, yet they are highly threatened by pollution, coastal habitat modification, and excessive and destructive fishing practices.  This lecture outlines these threats, as well as the national management regimes that exist to mitigate them. 

Dr. William Cheung is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, Canada.  He is Principal Investigator of the Changing Ocean Research Unit at UBC.  His research focuses on studying the responses and vulnerability of marine ecosystems and fisheries to global change, and exploring mitigation and adaptation options.  Dr. Cheung has published some 80 peer-review publications, including papers in leading international journals such as Nature, Science and PNAS. He actively participates in international assessments including being Lead Author in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and Global Biodiversity Outlook.

Professor R Sumaila is Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit, the University of British Columbia.  Professor Sumaila is an expert on how economics, through integration with ecology and other disciplines, can be used to help ensure that environmental resources are sustainably managed for the benefit of all.  He has authored over 180 journal articles, including in Science and Nature.  He is winner of the 2013 American Fisheries Society Excellence in Public Outreach, the Stanford Leopold Leadership Fellowship and the Pew Marine Fellowship.  Professor Sumaila has given talks at the UN Rio+20, the WTO, the White House, USA, and at the British and Canadian Parliaments.

Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this event, which is HK$150 for Members and HK$200 for guests and others.

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