The importance of Florida’s fisheries to be discussed at USF Sarasota-Manatee lecture

On March 16 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s College of Business and Institute for Public Policy and Leadership will present the third lecture in the Environmental Economics series, entitled “Fisheries,” in the Selby Auditorium, located at 8350 N. Tamiami Trail.

The economy in Florida, which is the most popular sport fishing destination in the country, is heavily dependent on its oceans and coastal ecosystems.  The popularity of fishing contributes about $5 billion to Florida’s economy annually. Maintaining healthy fish populations and habitats is critical to the continuation of that success. Scientific research at Mote Marine Laboratory is playing a key role in the sustainability of fisheries.

The speakers for the event will be Dr. Kevan L. Main, director of the Center for Aquaculture Research and Development at Mote and Dr. Ken M. Leber, director of the Center for Fisheries Enhancement at Mote.  Main and Leber will discuss the importance of fisheries worldwide and what is being done to preserve them.

The cost for each lecture in the Environmental Economics series is $15 and includes a box lunch. The lecture is co-sponsored by The Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.  The series is designed to create a better informed public in order to make sensible political demands for energy and environmental policy changes.

The last lecture in the series is:

Business Sustainability

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Speakers: Michael R. Carlson, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Carlson Studio Architecture, and Julie Childers Henry, Director, Conservation Enterprises Unlimited

For more information or to register for an event, please call the USF Sarasota-Manatee event hotline at (941) 359-4602 or visit