2017 IA Conference

The World’s Oceans: Protecting an International Resource

Oceans are the lifeblood of planet Earth and humankind. They flow over nearly three-quarters of our planet, and hold 97% of the planet’s water. They produce more than half of the oxygen in the atmosphere, and absorb the most carbon from it. Unfortunately, our oceans are seriously threatened.

Our morning theme talks will explore these threats, including pollution, overfishing, acidification, and rising temperatures. We’ll also learn about the government, non-government, and international organizations working to protect the oceans. Recognizing that resources are finite, we’ll consider various protection alternatives, including marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, and other scientific and legal initiatives.

In additional to the theme talks, several workshops are available from which to choose, such as chorus, yoga, and art. Other afternoon activities include softball games, swimming, visits to the Marine Lab, kite-flying, rowboating the harbor, trips to the snack bar, and more relaxed time spent rocking in chairs on the porch. Evening activities include a bonfire, intergenerational dance, Island staff talent show, lay-led chapel services, and more.

July 22 – 29, 2017


Rashid Sumaila, PhD, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia

CAPT (ret) Andrew Norris, US Coast Guard Trial Attorney

Heidi Weiskel, PhD, Staff Scientist, Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW)

Matt Rigney, Author, Educator, Fisherman

Andrew Sharpless, CEO Oceana, International ocean conservation organization

Reverend Robin Bartlett is Minister of the Week

Recommended Readings

Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them by Ted Danson and Mike D’Orso

*The Perfect Protein: Saving the Oceans to Feed the World by Andy Sharpless by Andy Sharpless

*In Pursuit of Giants: One Man’s Global Search for the Last of the Great Fish by Matt Rigney

Managing Ocean Environments in a Changing Climate: Sustainability and Economic Perspectives by Kevin Noone, Rashid Sumaila, and Robert Diaz

The End of the Line: How Overfishing Is Changing the World and What We Eat by Charles Clover

The Last Beach by Orrin H. Pilkey Jr. and J. Andrew G. Cooper

* Written by a speaker