Three pioneers in marine ecosystems are awarded the Volvo Environment Prize
The Volvo Environment Prize Foundation 2006 awardings three North Americans for their work in understanding the human impact on the world’s fisheries and global ocean environment.
The great importance of marine ecosystems for humans and life is a natural issue for the prize jury’s assessment. Oceans and seas cover more than 70 percent of the earth and impact on vital areas such as climate regulation, the freshwater cycle, provision of food and maintaining biodiversity. These threatened marine systems also play an increasingly important role as a source of energy as well as for recreation and tourism.
The economic benefits from this environment are enormous. More than one billion people rely on fish as their main source of animal protein and as a principal source of fish fat.
The three scientists are being recognized for their concepts, methods and models for assessing and responding to the rapidly growing threats to marine ecosystems and particularly for fish resources that sustain human well-being. Their extensive efforts in management concepts for marine ecosystems have contributed greatly to an understanding of the linkages governing marine life.
According to the prize jury, they have gone well beyond scientific concepts to address the implications on marine environmental conservation and environmental policies throughout the world.
Professor Raymond Hilborn, University of Washington, Seattle, for developing mathematical models for assessing and managing fish stocks, for formulating improved management procedures and approaches and for pioneering adaptive management strategies.
Professor Daniel Pauly, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, for such important models and tools as the Marine Trophic Index, the Ecopath Modelling Model, and the global database Fish Base and for his tireless communications with the broad realm of managers, fishers, politicians and the general public.
Professor Carl Walters, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, for his brilliant analyses of fishery stocks and harvest management and his seminal writings about adaptive management now widely used by ecologists, other scientists and managers throughout the world.