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The Reflections of Daniel Pauly

February 22, 2012

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Daniel Pauly.  Though I don’t always agree with him, he has had a tremendous impact on fisheries science and management over the past twenty years. In fact, I doubt that I would have had the opportunity to work in international ocean conservation if it weren’t for his work highlighting the decline in global fisheries.

Just think about it: in 1999 less than 0.5% of all resources spent by environmental nonprofit groups in the United States went to ocean advocacy.  Pauly’s work in the 90s helped bring awareness to the global ocean crisis, so much so that these nonprofits even bothered to evaluate their ocean spending. I can’t say where we are at today, but the share of spending going to ocean advocacy is certainly much, much higher.  And with the money came the beautiful opportunity to work in this field.

And so, it is a great pleasure to read the personal reflections of Daniel Pauly in a speech he gave to the Smithsonian in 2009.  Already we’ve seen his thoughts on his seminal works, now we have it on his life and career.  Read it here, or see the video below.

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