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Fish quotas topic of marine sciences lecture at Avery Point campus (Released: 4/7/97)

by Renu Sehgal, Office of University Communications.

STORRS, Conn. -- Fish quotas are the focus of contention for many fishermen in Connecticut, raising the question: In whose interest are fisheries managed? Kate Hartig, a geography professor at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, says quotas implemented in her country were not in the interest of the environment or of small-catch fishers.

Hartig will talk about how fishing quotas have affected the environment, society and economy of Australia on Wednesday, APRIL 9 in the S.Y. Feng conference room in the marine sciences department at the Avery Point campus in Groton. After the one-hour seminar, a question-and-answer period will follow. Fishers are welcome to attend to discuss Connecticut's situation.

"The question of how to best regulate our fisheries is currently a highly charged topic for both the regulators and the fishers," said Robert Whitlach, head of the marine sciences department at the University. "Fishers are facing increased competition from international markets, while having to adjust to declining fish stocks and increasing state and federal fishery restrictions. We look forward to Dr. Hartig's discussion of how Australia has dealt with these important issues."