CBE Waves Newsletter Spring 2013

Representative Sam Farr Educates IEP Students

4f3aba5461b0e.imageCongressman Sam Farr (D-Carmel) graciously volunteered a couple days to teach our International Environmental Policy students about the nuts and bolts of environmental legislation. Representative Farr encouraged the students to refine their ideas to find legislative success. Students Matt Nichols and Nina Geller each proposed low-budget pragmatic ideas. Matt's proposal was to appropriate a small slice of the USDA research budget for organic production rather than commodity crops. Nina's pitch had to do with creating a state law in California for municipalities to negotiate trash-hauling contracts that charge households by weight, in order to incentivize recycling. Many of us recycle much more than we send to the landfill, so Nina's idea had a lot of popular support!

CBE making waves

Monterey Institute of International Studies Professor Jason Scorse with his surfboard on March 6, 2013.  Photo By David RoyalDr. Jason Scorse, Director of the CBE, has joined the board of Save Our Shores. Jason said, "I decided to join the board of SOS because they support common sense measures for ocean and coastal cleanup and are at the forefront of using on the ground data collection as a powerful tool to support their goals. Both their mission and programs are clearly in line with the priorities of the Center for the Blue Economy,” Jason said. “I look forward to working with them on new policy initiatives, which our students can get involved with to see how things actually get done and make a difference." Jason and the other Directors of Save our Shores are featured here.


The National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP)

The National Ocean Economics Program has added  demographic and fishery landings data. Check out all the offerings at the NOEP site.

Faculty and Staff

Dr. Judith Kildow and Dr. Charles Colgan presented Understanding the ocean economy within regional and national contexts at the 2013 conference held by the Center for Natural Resource Economics and Policy (CNREP) at Louisiana State University. You can view their presentation on our working papers page.

Dr. Mike McGinnis has been busy!  In February, Mike went to Long Beach to participate in a roundtable discussion with other members of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association on Harmonizing California's Environmental Regulations. In March, he went to our parent institution, Middlebury College in Vermont, to speak at The Politics of Freshwater: Access and Identity in a Changing Environment. Mike's talk was titled Creating Ecological Scarcity: The struggle to sustain New Zealand’s water, watersheds and pastoral heritage. In April, Mike was a panelist at the International Studies Association annual convention, held in San Francisco in April 2013. His panel, Justice and Power Politics in Global Climate Governance, was part of the conference on regional and global dimensions of the politics of international diffusion.

Our Visiting Scholars, Stephen Hynes, Rui Zhao and Jing Guo  have produced some high-quality working papers while enjoying life in Monterey this year. Dr. Hynes used choice experiments to value coastal waters, while Mr. Zhao and Ms. Guo applied National Ocean Economics techniques to various aspects of the Chinese coastal and marine economy.

Donor Recognition

We are pleased to announce that MIIS International Leadership Council member Linda Hothem ('85) has made a generous donation to the Institute for general support of the Center for the Blue Economy and scholarships for students pursuing Masters degrees in International Environmental Policy.

Deborah and Robin Hicks, CBE founding donors, have made a generous donation to support CBE’s Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics, a peer-reviewed journal scheduled to launch within the next year. We are grateful to Linda, Deborah, and Robin for their support and enthusiasm.


IMG_0035The Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) graduates celebrated with their International Environmental Policy colleagues at a potluck in our community garden. Annie Rouse caught Anna Lui, Sam Fielding and Tami Weiss contemplating their futures.

Our 2013 CBE Fellows have painstakingly selected the research projects they’ll be working on this summer. Twenty-three organizations provided project descriptions for thirty distinct projects. CBE Fellows, who are eligible for fellowships between their first and second year in the Ocean and Coastal Resource Management concentration, reviewed the projects and applied for those that most interested them. After interviews with the project managers, each of the fourteen students was awarded a fellowship. The CBE Fellows’ projects span the globe: one is right here in Monterey, others are in California and Maryland, one is in both Chile and Peru, two are in Europe, two are in the Middle East and a few are in the Pacific Islands.

Samantha Robinson will be working at FishWise in Santa Cruz, California, on seafood traceability.  Sam said, "As the granddaughter of a commercial fisherman and a life long resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, the marine and estuarine environment has always been an integral part of my identity. I'm excited to work with a broad variety of stakeholders in the seafood sustainability movement."


The CBE has been actively forging partnerships to further our mission and contribute our expertise to worthwhile projects worldwide. As the field of economic analysis of ecosystem services evolves, we are frequently called upon to educate practitioners in industry, government and non-governmental organizations. This in turn contributes to the canon of knowledge in the field.

MIIS and more recently the CBE has so many talented alumni making an impact in ocean and coastal sustainability. We are working with some of them at EcoViva, OneReef and Save the Waves among other NGOs.

Chris LaFranchi, Founder and CEO of OneReef, taught a graduate seminar course at MIIS titled Conservation incentive agreements: theory and practice. OneReef is implementing marine conservation agreements across the Micronesia Region. Under these agreements, communities commit to a science-based marine spatial plan; investment leaders commit to provide financing and tech support required by communities and their partners to implement their plan.  This summer, CBE Fellow Hanna Muegge is working with OneReef to conduct an assessment of the supply chain for sakau, an important cash crop in Pohnpei Island, located in the Federated States of Micronesia.

Nik Strong-Cvetich holds an MPA from MIIS and has recently been named Executive Director of the Save the Waves Coalition. Save The Waves Coalition is a global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the coastal environment, with an emphasis on the surf zone, and educating the public about its value.

Nathan Weller, MAIEP 2008, joined EcoViva in 2009 as its Program and Policy Director. Nathan says, "EcoViva was founded by a group of Americans and Salvadorans concerned about the lack of social and political support for marginalized rural communities recovering from civil war in El Salvador. "I first began working in El Salvador while a student at MIIS, to help establish Team Monterey, and also completed a placement with the International Professional Service Semester (IPSS), in which my focus was on rural policy and adaptation to climate change in the Lower Lempa and Bay of Jiquilisco. My job is to help manage and strengthen our partnerships with local organizations in El Salvador and Honduras through grant making, targeted technical assistance, and fostering strategic alliances with both local organizations and through North-South relationships. Our work with partners in El Salvador focuses primarily on building regional coastal coalitions to have a positive impact on impending U.S. intervention in the region, particularly through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and Obama’s Partnership for Growth."

Alumni News

Local Catch Monterey Bay, continues to thrive. In less than a year and a half, LCMB has grown to an operation buying from 25 local fishermen to support over 400 regular customers. Each week, members get an email telling them what local delicacy they'll find in their delivery, who caught it with what gear, where and when it was landed, who filleted and bagged it and who handled the packing. LCMB recently landed a $100,000 National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Fisheries Innovation Fund Grant and is working with EcoTrust and Island Institute to join the Community Fisheries Network.