URI Coastal Resources Center director recognized as coastal management pioneer

20120201Olsen Stephen Olsen, director of the Coastal Resources Center at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, has spent his career pioneering for sustainable coastal management- at home in Rhode Island and abroad in Latin America and the Iberian peninsula. He returned from spain last week where he accepted an award for his pioneering efforts at coastal management in Latin America.This honor follows on the heels of a lifetime achievement award he received last month from Rhode Island Sea Grant for similar efforts in Rhode Island.


“Coastal management is really about social justice,” Olsen said. “It’s about how natural resources and access to those resources get allocated. It’s about how to institute a stewardship ethic and not just rape, pillage and plunder our coastlines.”