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Santagata Lecture Rescheduled: Marine Conservationist Carl Safina Now Lectures March 14

Story posted February 22, 2001

Carl Safina, vice president for conservation and founder of the Living Oceans Program at the National Audubon Society, will lecture on “Status and Trends of the World’s Fisheries,” at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, in Kresge Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Safina appears as the Kenneth V. Santagata Lecturer in the Arts.

Safina founded the Living Oceans Program at Audubon in 1990, and since then, he and his staff have been engaged in major efforts to ban high seas driftnets, to overhaul federal fisheries law in the U.S., to use international agreements in restoring depleted populations of tunas, sharks and other fishes, and to achieve passage of a new high seas fisheries treaty through the United Nations. Safina has consistently worked to elevate the public profile of marine and fisheries issues, and labored to put marine fish into the wildlife conservation mainstream.

He has been close to the sea all his life, growing up on Long Island, fishing since childhood, and later studying the ecological relationships between seabirds and fish populations. He noticed the local declines in sea turtles, white marlin, sharks, tuna, and other fishes. Troubled, he investigated scientific literature and the records of fishery management agencies. This led him to realize the declines he observed locally were happening on a national and global scale.

Safina received his Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers University in 1987. He is author of more than a hundred scientific and popular publications on ecology and marine conservation, and his book Song for the Blue Ocean won the Lannan Award for Literature and was chosen a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Los Angeles Times Best Nonfiction selection.

Among other honors, he is a visiting fellow at Yale University, an elected member of The Explorers Club, recipient of the American Fisheries Society’s Carl R. Sullivan Conservation Award, a winner of the Pew Charitable Trust’s Scholar’s Award in Conservation and the Environment, and recipient of a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.

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