Profile: Matt Burgess

Postdoctoral Scholar

Matt Burgess is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Sustainable Fisheries Group, the Marine Science Institute, and the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California Santa Barbara.
Matt completed his PhD in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior at the University of Minnesota in 2014, combining ecology and economics in both research and coursework. He has broad research interests in sustainability, and his current focus is in fisheries management, food security, and conservation.

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Could ‘Balanced Harvesting’ Really Feed the World and Save the Oceans?

Balanced harvesting is a philosophy that advocates spreading fishing pressure evenly across the ecosystem instead of concentrating it on only a few sizes and species of fish. The idea is that we would harvest every size and species, each in proportion to its natural productivity. This would be a big change from current fisheries management, which focuses on a small number of species and often protects certain size-groups from fishing (usually the small young ones, but occasionally also the very largest old ones).

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