Episode 42 - No Catch

The peak of our industrial fishing returns has come and gone, despite a myriad of innovations. In fact, these very innovations may be driving food insecurity even deeper. As fish stocks decline, new methods of extraction are trained on ever-dwindling fish populations to prop up an unsustainable system, leaving vulnerable communities all over the world in their destructive wake. Ironic, since the communities we are leaving behind may ultimately hold the secrets to regional food security. Can we find a life vest to weather the coming tsunami of international food crises? Or will we simply trawl our way to the bottom?

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  • 02:30 The Cod War
  • 15:54 Industrial High Seas Fishing
  • 21:54 The Wondyrechaun
  • 31:51 The Importance of Small-Scale Fisheries
  • 35:42 Fish are food not friends
  • 39:18 Food Production Through Theft
  • 41:37 "As Always, Climate Gets the Final Word"
  • 45:01 What Can We Do?


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@misc{Almendral_2018, title={In the Philippines, Dynamite Fishing Decimates Entire Ocean Food Chains}, url={https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/15/world/asia/philippines-dynamite-fishing-coral.html}, journal={The New York Times}, author={Almendral, Aurora}, year={2018}, month={Jun} }

@misc{British Sea Fishing_2012, title={The Cod Wars}, url={http://britishseafishing.co.uk/the-cod-wars/}, journal={British Sea Fishing}, author={British Sea Fishing}, year={2012}, month={Jun} }

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@misc{Damian Carrington_2018, title={One in three fish caught never makes it to the plate}, url={https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jul/09/one-in-three-fish-caught-never-makes-it-to-the-plate-un-report}, journal={The Guardian}, author={Damian Carrington}, year={2018}, month={Jul} }

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@misc{Jim Wickens_2016b, title={How vital fish stocks in Africa are being stolen from human mouths to feed pigs and chickens on Western factory farms}, url={http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/how-vital-fish-stocks-in-africa-are-being-stolen-from-human-mouths-to-feed-pigs-and-chickens-on-a7234636.html}, journal={The Independent}, author={Jim Wickens}, year={2016}, month={Sep} }

@misc{Josh Gabbatiss_2018, title={Overfishing has turned Mediterranean dolphins into thieves}, url={https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/dolphins-forced-break-nets-find-food-overfishing-mediterranean-cyprus-a8281481.html}, journal={The Independent}, author={Josh Gabbatiss}, year={2018}, month={Mar} }

@misc{Reuters_2018, title={Asia’s rising hunger for meat, seafood will strain environment}, url={https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/2162610/asias-rising-appetite-meat-seafood-will-strain-environment}, journal={South China Morning Post}, author={Reuters}, year={2018}, month={Sep} }

@book{Roberts_2010, title={The Unnatural History of the Sea}, ISBN={978-1-59726-161-6}, note={Google-Books-ID: kPUdwlxmda0C}, publisher={Island Press}, author={Roberts, Callum}, year={2010}, month={Jul} }

@article{Sala_Mayorga_Costello_Kroodsma_Palomares_Pauly_Sumaila_Zeller_2018, title={The economics of fishing the high seas}, volume={4}, ISSN={2375-2548}, DOI={10.1126/sciadv.aat2504}, number={6}, journal={Science Advances}, author={Sala, Enric and Mayorga, Juan and Costello, Christopher and Kroodsma, David and Palomares, Maria L. D. and Pauly, Daniel and Sumaila, U. Rashid and Zeller, Dirk}, year={2018}, month={Jun}, pages={eaat2504} }

@misc{Sea Around Us_2018a, title={Bottom trawling causes deep-sea fish populations collapse}, url={http://www.seaaroundus.org/bottom-trawling-causes-deep-sea-fish-populations-collapse/}, journal={Sea Around Us}, author={Sea Around Us}, year={2018}, month={Apr} }

@misc{Sea Around Us_2018b, title={Climate change to cause dramatic drop in Persian Gulf biodiversity and fisheries catch potential}, url={http://www.seaaroundus.org/climate-change-to-cause-dramatic-drop-in-persian-gulf-biodiversity-and-fisheries-catch-potential/}, author={Sea Around Us}, year={2018}, month={May} }

@misc{Sea Around Us_2018c, title={Half of all high seas fishing grounds would be unprofitable without current subsidies}, url={http://www.seaaroundus.org/high-seas-fishing-subsidies/}, journal={Sea Around Us}, author={Sea Around Us}, year={2018}, month={Jun} }

@article{Teh_Pauly_2018, title={Who Brings in the Fish? The Relative Contribution of Small-Scale and Industrial Fisheries to Food Security in Southeast Asia}, volume={5}, ISSN={2296-7745}, url={https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2018.00044/full}, DOI={10.3389/fmars.2018.00044}, journal={Frontiers in Marine Science}, author={Teh, Lydia C. L. and Pauly, Daniel}, year={2018}, month={Feb} }

@misc{The National Archives_2008, title={The Cod Wars}, url={http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/cabinetpapers/themes/cod-wars.htm}, journal={The National Archives}, author={The National Archives}, year={2008}, month={Dec} }

@misc{Thin Lei Win_2018, title={World’s fish consumption unsustainable, U.N. warns}, url={https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-fisheries-hunger/worlds-fish-consumption-unsustainable-u-n-warns-idUSKBN1JZ0YA}, journal={Reuters}, author={Thin Lei Win}, year={2018}, month={Jul} }

@article{Tickler_Meeuwig_Palomares_Pauly_Zeller_2018, title={Far from home: Distance patterns of global fishing fleets}, volume={4}, ISSN={2375-2548}, DOI={10.1126/sciadv.aar3279}, number={8}, journal={Science Advances}, author={Tickler, David and Meeuwig, Jessica J. and Palomares, Maria-Lourdes and Pauly, Daniel and Zeller, Dirk}, year={2018}, month={Aug}, pages={eaar3279} }

@article{Victorero_Watling_Palomares_L_Nouvian_2018, title={Out of Sight, But Within Reach: A Global History of Bottom-Trawled Deep-Sea Fisheries From >400 m Depth}, volume={5}, ISSN={2296-7745}, url={https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmars.2018.00098/full}, DOI={10.3389/fmars.2018.00098}, journal={Frontiers in Marine Science}, author={Victorero, Lissette and Watling, Les and Palomares, Deng and L, Maria and Nouvian, Claire}, year={2018}, month={Apr} }

Published 20-09-2018 23:21