“Science must be at the center of decision-making going forward to enable us to have healthy oceans.” – Amanda Nickson, international fisheries director at The Pew Charitable Trusts
Dan LeDuc, Pew’s editorial director, speaks with fisheries expert Amanda Nickson on the future of ocean conservation. Dive in for a conversation discussing some of the greatest threats to the ocean and what tools, resources, and networks can be used to address them.
Overfishing is one of the greatest threats to our ocean and jeopardizes the health, food security, and livelihoods of millions of people in coastal communities who depend on healthy, sustainable fisheries.
One of the key drivers of overfishing is government subsidies—payments that help offset fishermen’s costs, increase their revenue, or both.
For a firsthand look at how overfishing is affecting communities, The Pew Charitable Trusts traveled to Joal, a Senegalese fishing village on West Africa’s Atlantic coast, where artisanal fishing crews told us they’re not catching enough to feed themselves and their families, let alone turn a profit.
People of the Boreal is a multimedia project of The Pew Charitable Trusts that tells the stories of those who feel a deep connection to the land where they live, the boreal forest region of Canada. They are invested in their communities, and are determined to safeguard a successful, sustainable future for the place they call home. http://www.pewtrusts.org/peopleoftheboreal
The boreal region stretches across more than 1 billion acres in northern Canada, from Yukon to Newfoundland and Labrador.
While rich in solitude, it is far from empty.
Indigenous peoples have lived in harmony with the forest for millenniums, and today continue their tradition as its stewards. The boreal is also home to hundreds of northern towns and communities that depend on both a healthy environment and a sustainable resource-based economy for their survival.
Protecting the long-term integrity of the boreal forest is critical to the well-being of its residents, as well as the economic and ecological goods and services it provides.
Ocean conservation is essential but extremely difficult to understand. Pew joined forces with cartoonist Jim Toomey, the artist behind “Sherman’s Lagoon,” on 10 animated videos that explain the complicated concepts that guide efforts to protect our oceans. Follow the series online at pewtrusts.org/CartoonCrashCourse and #CartoonCrashCourse