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Praxis Discussion: Fishing for a Sustainable Future
May 15, 2015World Bank offices, Level 19, 14 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW

In the Pacific, ensuring the long-term sustainability of coastal and oceanic fisheries – both as a source of food and a source of significant income – is a key challenge. How can governments and private industry work together to ensure the sustainability of fisheries? Are there other ways Pacific Island countries can capture a greater share of the revenue earned from fish captured in their waters? And is regional cooperation between nations the best way forward? Follow our televised panel discussion on fishing for a sustainable future.

The global fish market is big business – worth a staggering USD 137.7 billion annually.

Management of the world’s fisheries, like many of our precious natural resources, is a challenging and complex system, driven by factors of territory, conservation, culture and revenue.

In our region, the Pacific, ensuring the long-term sustainability and viability of coastal and oceanic fisheries – both as a source of food and a source of significant income – is a key challenge. Pacific Island governments are increasingly taking a regional approach to the management of these resources and acknowledging the need to capture a greater share of fishing revenue, while protecting the region’s environment.

How can governments and private industry work together to ensure the sustainability of fisheries? Are there other ways Pacific Island countries can capture a greater share of the revenue earned from fish captured in their waters? And is regional cooperation between nations the best way forward?

Joining us to discuss these critical topics we have Transform Aqorau, CEO of the Parties of the Nauru Agreement Office (PNAO); Kate Barclay, Associate Professor, University of Technology, Sydney and; John Virdin, Director, Ocean & Coastal Policy; Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University.

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Refreshments will be provided. The discussion will last an hour, with 30 minutes set aside for questions from the audience.  

RSVP: We need to confirm numbers by 5pm Wednesday, 13 May. Please email us at pacificmedia@worldbank.org, to register your attendance. Capacity is limited. As this is a catered event, please only RSVP if your attendance is assured.  

  • Transform Aqorau

    CEO of the Parties of the Nauru Agreement Office (PNAO)
    Transform is administrator of the Purse Seine and Longline Vessel Day Scheme (VDS) in the Pacific. He was previously Deputy Director-General and Legal Counsel of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA), Legal Adviser of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a Senior Visiting fellow of the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) and a Member of the World Bank Blue Ribbon Panel. He holds LLB from UPNG, LLM from UBC (Canada) and PhD in Law from the University of Wollongong (Australia).
  • Kate Barclay

    Associate professor, University of Technology Sydney
    Kate researches the social aspects of the production and trade of food, especially fisheries in the Asia Pacific region. She has an ongoing interest in the sustainable development of fisheries resources in the Pacific in the context of changing governance systems and globalization, especially the opportunities and pitfalls presented by ‘ethical consumption’. Another interest is how to meaningfully integrate social factors into assessments of sustainability in fisheries. Kate has been commissioned to do research on social aspects of fisheries by organizations including: WWF, Greenpeace, the United Nations Development Program, the European Parliament, the World Bank, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. Major recent publications include Engaging with Capitalism: Cases from Oceania (with Fiona McCormack, 2013) and East Asia’s Demand for Minerals, Energy and Food: The International Politics of Resources (with Graeme Smith, 2015).
  • John Virdin

    Director, Ocean & Coastal Policy; Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University
    John’s areas of expertise include assisting developing country governments to reform and strengthen their institutions responsible for ocean fisheries, thereby reducing poverty and enhancing sustainability. John worked for more than 10 years at the World Bank, most recently as acting program manager for the Global Partnership for Oceans, a coalition of more than 150 governments, companies, non-governmental organizations, foundations, and multi-lateral agencies. His work contributed to the development of programs that provided more than $125 million in funding for improved fisheries management in six West African nations and some $40 million for fisheries and ocean conservation in a number of Pacific Island nations. Prior to his tenure at the World Bank, John worked with the World Resources Institute, the World Conservation Network and the World Wildlife Fund, among others.
  • WHEN: Friday 15 May, 1pm – 2pm (please arrive by 12:45pm in order to be seated on time).
  • where: World Bank offices, Level 19, 14 Martin Place, Sydney, NSW
  • moderator: Auskar Surbakti, Reporter and Presenter, Australian Broadcasting Corporation