Tipping Point: Fishing on the Edge – A PBS NewsHour Special


As our world reaches a global population of 9.9 billion by 2050, the need to feed all of these people also increases. This is putting unprecedented pressure on our fisheries.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations indicates that already “58% of the world’s fish stocks are fished at or above sustainable levels”. The reasons are many – but it boils down to too many boats chasing too few fish, creating a classic “tragedy of the commons”.

Climate change will only exacerbate the problem – warming waters are already forcing fish populations to migrate to cooler habitats. A recent paper in the journal “Science” calculates that rising seawater temperatures will cause oxygen to leach from seawater to increasingly dangerous levels. If we fail to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions immediately, marine animals will face mass extinction within three hundred years.

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In a special 90-minute live event, the PBS NewsHour will explore the links between climate change, warming oceans, migrating fish populations, economic stressors facing anglers and the fishing industry. , bad actors on the high seas and the ever-increasing demand for seafood.

Miles O’Brien, Emmy-winning science journalist and executive producer of Tipping Point, will guide us through a thoughtful conversation with a series of thought leaders on this topic to foster meaningful dialogue about science, policy challenges and possible solutions.

The “Tipping Point” series is supported by a generous grant from lead funder, The Walton Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and John F Swift.


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