Saturday, June 2 at 4:00 pm

Fourth Annual William Selke Lecture

The Stockbridge Library Association is pleased to announce Adam Baske, Director of Policy & Outreach with The International Pole & Line Foundation, will deliver the fourth annual William Selke Memorial Lecture on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.  His topic will be “The Global Fisheries Crisis and What You Can Do About It.”

The health of the global ocean should concern everyone.  Oceans create half of the oxygen we breathe and provide a key source of protein and jobs for billions of people around the world.  Adam Baske will discuss:

  • the most pressing threats to our oceans (overfishing, pollution, climate change) and the important role that fisheries play in the context of environmental and social responsibility
  • examples of the presenter’s work with coastal communities and markets around the world to drive positive outcomes of the ocean as well as communities
  • how consumers can be proactive about these issues with the choices they make at the grocery store (or at a restaurant)

SelkeMartha Selke established the Annual William Selke Memorial Lecture with the Stockbridge Library in 2015 to honor the memory of her husband, who enjoyed a distinguished career in engineering research and development.  William Selke received both undergraduate and graduate degrees from MIT and earned a doctorate in engineering from Yale University.  He was on the faculty of Columbia University and later worked for the Dupont Corporation, the Peter J. Schweitzer Corporation (a Lee-based company specializing in the manufacture of specialized technical papers), and Kimberly-Clark, as Vice President of the Corporate Science and Technology Group.

After his retirement, Selke returned to Stockbridge where he was actively engaged in civic life, serving on numerous Town boards and committees as well as the boards of the Stockbridge Library Association (as President), The Laurel Hill Association, The Old Corner House-Stockbridge Historical Society, and The Berkshire Museum. He was also an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

This year’s lecturer, Adam Baske, brings over 15 years of ocean-related experience to The International Pole & Line Foundation (IPNLF), with specialties in global tuna fisheries, international environmental policy bodies, and marine education.  Adam has worked in diverse fields across the spectrum of marine conservation and management, including as a fisheries observer in Alaska, as an educator on-board a state-of-the-art sailing school vessel, and as a manager for an international campaign aimed at reforming the world’s largest tuna fisheries.

Adam has attended multiple international tuna treaty meetings, including the annual meetings, compliance meetings, and scientific meetings of the Western & Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas with the aim of reforming the management of tuna fisheries around the world.  Adam has worked with a wide spectrum of stakeholders, including governments, industry, researchers, and NGOs to build momentum for change at domestic, regional, and international levels.  In recent years, Adam has played a role in the adoption of international management measures on science-based catch limits, eliminating illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, and the management of fish aggregating devices (FADs) in tuna fisheries.  Previous to joining the IPNLF team, Adam managed the Global Tuna Conservation program with the Pew Charitable Trusts and served as a fellow in the Office of International Affairs with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Washington, DC.  Adam holds a Masters in Marine Conservation from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Duke University.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call the Library at (413) 298-5501.

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