The critical role of marine science embedded within the complexities of Eastern Canada's fisheries management decisions will be the focus of a presentation on the campus of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 2, 2006.
The free public lecture by prominent marine historian Sean Cadigan will be held in Scripps' Sumner Auditorium, 8602 La Jolla Shores Drive in La Jolla (Sumner Auditorium is one-half block north of El Paseo Grande).
Cadigan, an associate professor at Canada's Memorial University of Newfoundland, will make a presentation entitled: "'We Will Have Bread or Blood;' Science, Markets and Popular Culture in Fisheries Management: A Long-Term Perspective from Canada's East Coast."
Cadigan is being awarded Scripps Institution's William E. and Mary B. Ritter Memorial Fellowship, which traditionally honors a recognized scholar of marine science history. The Ritter Fellowship was created through an endowment from Robert Cody, nephew of Scripps Institution's founding director, William Ritter. The fellowship is named for Ritter and his wife Mary Bennett Ritter.
Cadigan's lecture will include a discussion of fisheries science in Canada's Newfoundland and Labrador regions and the importance of fisheries science within larger social, economic and political debates. According to Cadigan, the collapse of the Northern Cod species by 1992 shook the scientific establishment.
"Fishers have learned the lesson that fisheries science often served specific political agendas, and have used the rhetoric of ecological knowledge to advance their own cause, even in opposing former allies in the scientific community on the issue of listing Northern Cod as an endangered species," Cadigan says.
Cadigan's research interests include the ecological culture of coastal communities, pulp-and-paper diversification in Newfoundland, forestry and ecosystem health in coastal communities, community-based marine resource management and fisheries co-management.
Prior to his current position, Cadigan was an associate professor at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. A Newfoundland native, Cadigan completed his Ph.D. in 1991 on the social and economic relations of the 19th century Newfoundland fishery. A book based on his thesis, "Hope and Deception in Conception Bay," won the Canadian Historical Association Merit Award for Regional History in 1996.
From 1994 to 1996, Cadigan was a post-doctoral fellow on Memorial University's Eco-Research Program. He received a master's degree from Queen's University at Kingston in 1987 and a bachelor's degree from Memorial University in 1985.
The Ritter Fellowship, awarded for the 10th time since 1990, includes research funds and an honorarium. William Ritter was a professor of zoology at the University of California's Berkeley campus when he established Scripps in 1903. He was inspired by, as he said, "the vast scale on which things are done in the ocean, and the literally infinite complexity of cause and law there in operation."
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