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September 15, 2006

Pioneering work assessing sustainable fisheries earns international award

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A University of Washington professor who says that solving today’s fisheries problems will best be accomplished by applying lessons learned in the many successful fisheries in the world is one of three winners of this year’s Volvo Environment Prize, announced in Sweden this week.

Ray Hilborn, UW professor of aquatic and fishery sciences, and professors Daniel Pauly and Carl Walters, both with the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, are being honored for their work in understanding the human impact on the world’s fisheries and global ocean environment. According to the prize jury, they have all gone well beyond scientific concepts to address the needs for marine environmental conservation and policies throughout the world.

They will share a $206,300 prize and travel in October to Sweden to receive their awards.

Hilborn, with the UW since 1987, teaches and researches such things as fisheries stock assessments, decision making in natural resources, adaptive management and ecological dynamics of fishing fleets. At the UW, he is the Richard and Lois Worthington Professor of Fisheries Management.

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For more information:
Hilborn, (206) 543-3587, rayh@u.washington.edu

http://www.environment-prize.com/

Streaming video of Ray Hilborn’s lecture “Re-interpreting the Fisheries Crisis,” a part of UWTV’s Science Forum series, http://www.uwtv.org/programs/displayevent.aspx?rID=2515&fID=1557