August 9, 2012
California and the Ocean: Leader and Laggard
California’s coastal ocean is already intensively urbanized and population is projected to grow. Will our activities crowd out marine life or can both nature and human activities be accommodated in the ocean and thrive?
The first move in this chess match went to nature, with the identification of areas of special biological significance and their designation for special protection as marine protected areas. We have the knowledge and the tools to protect nature and to accommodate human activities to stimulate local and regional economies, but success will require an unprecedented combination of flexibility and compromise, and reformation of the current permitting and policy framework to enhance transparency and predictability. The stakes are high…for marine life and for humans.
Explore the possibilities with scientists, engineers, conservationists, and policy-makers in this edition of the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquatic Academy. The classes will take place on four consecutive Thursday evenings beginning October 18 in the Aquarium’s SAVOR…Watershed Classroom, and attendees can receive continuing education units (CEU).