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10th Anniversary Ransom A. Myer Lecture on Science and Society Fisheries in Canada: 25 Years After the Moratorium

A series of short talks followed by a panel discussion celebrating the life and legacy of Ransom A. “Ram” Meyers (1952–2007), world-renowned marine biologist and conservationist. Ram received a physics degree at Rice University in 1974 and a doctorate in biology at Dalhousie in 1984. Before joining the Dalhousie faculty, he was a research scientist in the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He led a team of scientists who reported in 2003 that 90 percent of the world’s stocks of large fish, open-ocean predators like tuna and swordfish and groundfish like cod and flounder, had been lost to overfishing. The study drew criticism from fishery managers who took issue with what they called its overly gloomy outlook, but the work and Ram’s efforts to predict fish larvae survival rates was widely praised by environmentalists and marine ecologists, and it brought declining fish stocks, overfishing, and ocean issues to the mainstream press.

Panelists include:

Julia Baum (University of Victoria)

Stephanie Boudreau (Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Moncton)

Susanna Fuller (Ecology Action Centre, Halifax)

Coilin Minto
(Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland)

Co-hosted by Dal's Department of Biology and the College of Sustainability



Ondaatje Hall, Dalhousie Univeristy