Callum Roberts invites us to reflect on ‘Future Oceans: a sea of hope or despair?’

Callum Roberts invites us to reflect on ‘Future Oceans: a sea of hope or despair?’

Professor Callum Roberts is a marine conservation biologist in the Environment Department at the University of York in England. He is a prolific author and researcher and has advised U.S., British, and Caribbean governments on the creation of marine reserves. His thesis ‘Aspects of coral reef fish community structure in the Saudi Arabian Red Sea and on the Great Barrier Reef’ was the prelude to a life delivered to the protection and conservation of the life marina.
 
Callum was first tempted into marine science by a trip to the coral reefs of Saudi Arabia, where he studied behaviour and coexistence of fishes. This led to a lifelong love of the sea. In the early 1990s his interests in behaviour gave way to concern about the deteriorating condition of coral reefs, leading to his current emphasis on marine conservation.
 
Callum’s research has shown that a wave of biodiversity loss is engulfing marine and coastal ecosystems, and that many species could be driven extinct over the next few decades. He is best known for his work on marine reserves, protected areas, and assessing rapid dramatic recovery of fish and other animals after protection. These findings have alerted scientists and managers to the scale of human impact on ocean wildlife and show that marine species can still recover.
 
His work evaluates the impact of human activity on marine ecosystems, particularly on coral reefs. In the Caribbean, in addition, has studied the consequences of the action of the man in reserves marine closed to all the fishing. His studies revealed both the extent of human impacts on the sea as protection systems are there in the marine environment to defend against them. Currently, he works to achieve greater acceptance of the marine reserves, advising fishermen and seamen on how to promote a new concept in the fishing industry.
 
Callum Roberts gave the Conference ‘Future Oceans: a sea of hope or despair?’, in which invites us to reflect on the impact of human activities on marine ecosystems, the past Tuesday, November 15th, at the International Museum of Contemporary Art -Castle of San Jose.
 
In his lecture, Roberts explores the extraordinary story that unfolds in humanity’s relationship with the sea, from the first commercial fisheries from antiquity to our current planetary domain. In the last century, the variety and abundance of ocean life have been reduced considerably by the overfishing and a cocktail of tensions caused by the man, particularly the pollution and the climate change. Taken together, these effects are changing the oceans more quickly and in more ways than at any time in human history. Due to the overwhelming influence of the oceans in the processes that define our planet and make it habitable, these losses not only threaten the life marine, but it also endangers human welfare.
 
Roberts will explore these changes and ask, if it is not controlled, where we are taking and what are doing to prevent the disaster.