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American Honda and Aquarium of the Pacific Host Discussion About the Future of California’s Coast

Experts from Stanford, USC, Duke University, University of Hawaii, UC Santa Barbara, Hokkaido University, and NOAA are among the participants.

Ocean Theater during a lecture

November 10, 2017

The nonprofit Aquarium of the Pacific is gathering leading experts and the public to discuss the future of Southern California’s coast. The Aquarium is hosting this two-day forum co-sponsored by American Honda called Sato-umi in the Anthropocene. Day one of the forum is November 13, and is open to the public. Sato-umi is a Japanese term encompassing the relationship between coastal and marine areas and humans and how humans manage these areas for sustainability.

Forum speakers will discuss the theory and application of sato-umi in the Anthropocene, the current geological era denoted by the dominating global influence of humans on Earth. “More people live along Southern California’s Pacific Ocean than in any U.S. state except Texas. These millions of people make diverse and intensive uses of their coastal ocean from shipping to offshore oil to surfing and scuba diving. Yet this urban ocean teems with a diverse assemblage of marine life from plankton to whales. Through technology and innovation, we can use the ocean and contiguous land responsibly in ways that allow us to live in better harmony with nature. There are lessons we can apply from sato-umi,” said Dr. Jerry Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific president.

An evening panel will explore how sato-umi might be applied in Southern California. The panel discussion includes the Aquarium’s president; Michael Orbach, Duke University; James Fawcett, University of Southern California; and Amber Mace, California Council on Science and Technology.

The day-time forum includes Steve Center, American Honda; Masahiro Nakaoka, Hokkaido University; Anthony Barnosky, Stanford University; Avis Kuuipoleialoha Poai, University of Hawaii, Richardson School of Law; Jeffrey Payne, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Coastal Zone Management; Steven Gaines, UC Santa Barbara; Mimi D’lorio, National Marine Protected Areas Center; and the Aquarium’s president.

Those wishing to attend the forum on November 13 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and/or the panel from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. may do so at no cost with reservations by calling (562) 590-3100. For information, please visit