Dr. Jennifer Telesca, Assistant Professor of Environmental Justice in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at the Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) will give a talk based on her previous work (available in Environment and Society: Advances in Research 8 [2017]: 144-60).

Abstract: Why have sea creatures plummeted in size and number, if experts have at their disposal sophisticated techniques to count and predict them, whether tuna, cod, dolphin or whale? This talk explores a native category that dominates discourse in marine conservation—stock—by emphasizing the word’s double meaning as both asset and population. It shows that under the prevailing conditions of valuation the object of marine conservation has become not a fish as being but a biological asset as stock.

A panel discussion will follow, featuring Dr. Dean Bavington (Dept. of Geography, MUN); Laurenne Schiller, (IDPhD student, Dalhousie); Dr. Susanna Fuller, Ecology Action Centre. Dr. Ian Stewart will moderate.

The event is sponsored by SSHORE, with support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, with further support from the History of Science and Technology ProgrammeEcology Action Center, and the Dalhousie-based research group, Environmental Information: Use and Influence (Dalhousie Faculty of Management).

The panel discussion will be livestreamed on Facebook.

Dr. Telesca will also be speaking at 3:30 pm, Thursday March 8 at the Dalhousie Biology Department Seminar Series, 5th Floor Biology Lounge, Life Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University. Talk title: “Science as Alibi: Ocean Governance through the Lens of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna”. This event is co-sponsored by the Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University.