LOGAN — Can consumers influence market decisions that benefit themselves, industry and the environment? Yes, says distinguished Utah State University alum Michael Sutton.’What’s good for you is also good for the ocean’ is the message Sutton brings to campus Wednesday, Nov. 3, as part of USU’s Natural Resources and Sustainability Week. The vice president of California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium and director of the Center for the Future of the Oceans presents “The Future of Seafood” at 10 a.m. in the Taggart Student Center Stevenson Ballroom. His talk is free and open to all.Even in landlocked Utah, Sutton says, consumers should demand seafood that’s caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways.”Worldwide, the demand for seafood is increasing, yet many of the large fish we enjoy eating, including tuna, crab and salmon, are overfished,” he says. “Destructive fishing and fish farming practices add to the problem. By purchasing fish caught or farmed using environmentally friendly practices, we can support healthy, abundant oceans.”Sutton, who earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from USU in 1977, calls ocean fish the last wild food.”Ocean fish are the last remaining example of market hunting of wild animals for food on an industrial scale,” he says. “We need to ask ourselves, ‘Where will our seafood come from tomorrow?’”Appointed by Gov. Schwarzenegger as a member of the California Fish and Game Commission, Sutton is a sought-after expert on ocean conservation and frequently interviewed in national and international media. He serves on the summer faculty of the Vermont Law School and recently co-authored the book, Ocean and Coastal Law and Policy, published by the American Bar Association. Sutton helped to establish ocean conservation programs at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the World Wildlife Fund, where he founded the Marine Stewardship Council. He currently serves as chairman of the Wild Salmon Center and a board member for LightHawk and Ocean Champions.Sutton presents an additional presentation at 4 p.m., also on Nov. 3, in the TSC Ballroom. His technical talk, “Protecting Our Oceans: Establishing Marine Reserves in California,” is geared to conservation science and legal scholars.Parking for Sutton’s talk is available in the Big Blue Parking Terrace, 850 E. 700 North and the Aggie Parking Terrace, 700 E. 600 North. The USU campus is served by Cache Valley Transit District Routes 1 and 4, with a bus stop at the Veterinary Science building on 700 North.USU Natural Resources and Sustainability Week, Nov. 1-6, features photo exhibits, a natural resources and sustainability fair, film and music highlighting global sustainability issues. For more information, visit www.cnr.usu.edu or call 435-797-2448.
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