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September 2 Wednesday

Shrinking, Gasping, & Disappearing Fish: How climate change & fishing policy impact marine ecosystems and the bold actions needed to protect ocean health

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at 12:15PM - 1:15PM
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Beneath the waves, marine ecosystems are suffering. Climate change is making the world’s oceans hotter, more acidic, and less oxygen rich at a time when fish already face warlike industrial overfishing around the globe. Human pressures are causing fisheries to disappear, driving marine animals towards the poles, shrinking the size of fish bodies, fueling cyclones and floods, and shifting currents. With three billion people relying on fish as a primary source of protein, this looming ecological collapse poses profound risk to humanity. In short, we are in hot water—but making radical changes now could have an enormous, healing impact. This online panel will address the questions: How are industrial fishing policy and climate change impacting the world’s marine ecosystems? What international actions need to be taken to protect the ocean’s health and biodiversity in the face of a changing climate?

Featuring: 

  • Daniel Pauly, Professor and Principal Investigator of the Sea Around Us project at the University of British Columbia and leading international expert on the human impacts on global fisheries.
  • Jennifer Jacquet, New York University professor of environmental science with a focus on marine health.
  • Tabitha Grace Mallory, University of Washington professor, founder of the China-Ocean Institute, and expert in Chinese environmental & marine policy. 

Moderated by Chris Ewell (LAW '22), a LEAP student fellow whose involvement in ocean studies has involved work on marine protected areas and fisheries through the Peace Corps in the Philippines, research on the lack of welfare studies on aquaculture animals, and a publication on the failures of oversight in the regional fisheries management organizations.

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Sponsoring Organization(s)

The Law, Ethics, & Animals Program at the Yale Law School
The Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies 
The Yale Animal Law Society
The Yale Environmental Law Association
The Yale Sustainable Food Program
The Environmental Protection Clinic at the Yale Law School

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