Dr. Geoff Shester
Distinguished Speaker
July 12 at 6:00 pm


Join the Ocean Institute in the Samueli Conference Center for The Nicholas Endowment Distinguished Speaker Series with Dr. Geoff Shester.

Deep-Sea Exploration to Save the Ocean: Achieving Protections for Living Seafloor Treasures off Southern California

Dr. Shester’s presentation will offer a behind the scenes look at how Oceana brought new discoveries to fishermen and fishery managers to achieve the new protections for our incredible ocean backyard. Oceana is the world’s largest ocean conservation organization, campaigning to protect habitats, restore depleted fisheries, and safeguard ocean wildlife. In 2016, Oceana Senior Scientist Geoff Shester led a scientific ocean expedition to document never-before-seen coral gardens, ancient sponge beds, and spectacular undersea mountains off the coast of Southern California using a remotely operated vehicle.  Two years later, with support from the fishing industry, the Pacific Fishery Management Council unanimously voted to adopt Oceana’s proposal to protect over 16,000 square miles of seafloor habitats from destructive bottom trawl fishing. 

About Geoff Shester: 

Dr. Geoff Shester is the senior scientist and California campaign director for Oceana, where he advocated for seafloor protection, including leading an expedition to gather footage and data on never-before-seen seafloor habitats. He is currently working on Oceana’s US West Coast campaigns to implement ecosystem-based management of forage fish, protect seafloor habitats from bottom trawling, and reduce fisheries bycatch.

Prior to working at Oceana, Dr. Shester led a team of scientists responsible for evaluating the sustainability of hundreds of types of wild and farmed seafood for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program.


Thursday, July 12
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm 
Doors open at 5:45 


Eventbrite - Distinguished Speaker Series: Dr. Geoff Shester

General Admission: $10.00 
Ocean Institute Members: Free with advanced registration
*Space is limited, advanced registration encouraged. Members enter your member ID at checkout to register. 

Additional Information: 

Parking is free at the Ocean Institute in our main lot located at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive. 

Your ticket includes admission to the Speaker Series event for the date listed. 

Light appetizers and refreshments from Above All Catering is included in the ticket price. For persons over the age of 21, your ticket will include one adult beverage, a cash bar will be available for additional beverages.