This public panel on 12 June 2017, co-hosted by the Perth USAsia Centre, the UWA Oceans Institute and the UWA School of Biological Sciences, focused on the sustainability of the Indian Ocean and the future prosperity of the Indian Ocean Rim nations.
Providing crucial insights at the panel discussion were Professor Daniel Pauly of UBC's The Sea Around Us, the United States Consul General to Perth Rachel Cooke, the Perth USAsia Centre's CEO Gordon Flake and the UWA Oceans Institute's Director Erika Techera and Professor Jessica Meeuwig.
The Indian Ocean contains the biodiversity and resources crucial to sustaining the people of the Indian Ocean Rim, but the challenge of ocean resource exploitation becomes harder to manage as populations grow and demand for food increases.
Finding considered management strategies to problems such as ocean acidification, ocean microplastics, illegal fishing, worker exploitation and climate change were some of the key public policy issues raised by the panellists and the audience.
This panel was a lead-up event to the Perth USAsia Centre's In The Zone 2017 The Blue Zone Conference, to be held in Perth on October 2.
Hugo Seymour is a Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre