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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 4, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Marine biologist and author Stephen Palumbi visits Seattle for lecture

Marine biologist and author Stephen R. Palumbi, Director of the Hopkins Marine Station will host a lecture that traces the history of Monterey Bay in northern California in his new book: “The Death and Life of Monterey Bay,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5 at Town Hall in downtown Seattle.

Monterey Bay offers a surprising and timely good news example, according to a news release sent out earlier this week. Monterey’s economy was once built on its natural resources with a series of single, unsustainable industry bubbles– ones that inevitably burst. But the community recovered because of the uncommon foresight of its ordinary citizens.

Palumbi with his coauthor Carolyn Sotka, noted marine biologist and Harold A. Miller Professor of Marine Science at Stanford University, traces the history of Monterey Bay in his new book.

Among the topics Palumbi will discuss at his lecture are:

How hundreds of years of exploitation of natural resources turned Monterey Bay into a cesspool of sardine guts lacking many of its native species–and how this devastation has been reversed to make the area one of America’s coastlines best loved by humans and sea otters alike.

The characters who saved Monterey Bay, including Julia Platt, a trailblazing mayor; the real “Doc” Ricketts of Steinbeck’s Cannery Row; and students who were inspired to build the now world-renowned Monterey Bay Aquarium.

The ways in which economics and the environment can prosper together when they both have a voice in how natural resources are used.

How the lessons of Monterey Bay can be applied to environments throughout the country, including Puget Sound.

Palumbi’s lecture is part of the Soundings from Island Press Environmental Thought Leaders Lecture series presented by Island Press through the Town Hall Center for Civic Life.

This series is produced in association with IslandWood and Elliott Bay Book Company. Cost is $5 at Brown Paper Tickets website or 800-838-3006, or at the door. Visit Island Press website for more information.

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