Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Life on the edge:

The industrialization of our oceans

Richard Charter
Co-Chair, National Outer Continental Shelf Coalition

Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Pacific Forum – 3:00 p.m.

In an increasingly urgent search for fuel, food, metals, and other resources, human society has arrived at the margins of the continental land mass and now appears to be inevitably headed offshore, embarking on the exploitation of the ocean in new ways. We are searching for the raw materials of our industrial age - looking relentlessly for protein to feed humans and pen-reared finfish, for more oil and gas to power our vehicles and factories, for metals and pharmaceuticals, and for a place to dump our excess carbon and other industrial waste. The social and ecological implications of offshore oil and gas infrastructure, coastal and offshore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facilities, offshore wind and wave energy installations, saltwater hydroelectric turbines, seafloor mining of methane hydrates for natural gas, and offshore finfish aquaculture will be explored in this up-to-date session about the open question of the survival of our ocean environment.

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