In this film, as usual, the fishers knew before anyone else. In addition to providing a historical context for climate change in the Arctic, it is both lovely and lyrical.
I can’t resist quoting from it.
“We often believe that our own time is at last modern, and we are the last men who can act with the authority and weight of the generations who came before us, the wisdom of all human history gathered together to inform our decisions. Yet after a century of knowledge we have arrived here and now, once again cursed by resource and conflict and unable to change. In another century, whatever happens to the world we know, those who look back will marvel at us for better or worse, our actions and decisions will be studied for years as they attempt to understand us better, those modern men from the past with a vague intellect and a comfortable heart, yet the finer they were the frailer and the cleverer the more wrong headed.”
An interview with Mitchell Lay of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organizations. Mitch is doing some amazing work to bring fishers together to advocate for their own interests. His quiet but confident leadership and steadfast advocacy are one reason to have hope for the future of fish and fishers.
The Caribbean is right on our doorstep. It shelters the second largest coral reef in the world and countless marine species. It’s beautiful. It’s fragile. The people of the Caribbean need our support to conserve it for all of us.
This is a short excerpt from the documentary in progress At Sea Level, Caribbean fisherfolk and the future of the sea. The film will tell the stories of fishers who are already leading conservation in their own words. These interviews were done at the Fisher’s Summit of the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Conference.
This is a short version of the 11 minute film used by the United Nations Environment Program in the Caribbean. To see the full film and other videos featuring Caribbean fishers visit the fisher to fisher vimeo channel.
My favorite quote from Dalston Samuels, a fisher from Antigua and Barbuda: “Ignorance is more expensive than knowldege, if you allow ignorance to prevail.”
Too many people don’t understand the importance of artisinal fishers to marine conservation — or the importance of fishers as marine conservation stewards, partners, collaborators and educators along with scientists, government officials and NGOs. Dal makes an eloquent case for fisher participation.
In this video, Dr. Daniel Pauly, a leading fisheries scientist, discusses the problems with catch shares.
I was inspired to post the interview with Dr. Pauly after receiving a petition from the Environmental Defense Fund asking me to push my congresspeople to support catch shares. Had I not had this discussion with Dr. Pauly, I would not have realized how controversial they are. Continue reading →