Tipping Point: Fisheries on the Brink – A PBS NewsHour Special

Tipping Point: Fisheries on the Brink - A PBS NewsHour Special

As our world surges toward a global population of 9.9 billion by the year 2050 – the need to feed
all those people is spiking too. That’s putting unprecedented stress on our fisheries.

The UN
Food and Agriculture Organization indicates that already “58% of the world’s fish stocks are
being fished at or beyond 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 toward cooler habitats. A recent paper in the journal “Science” calculates
that rising seawater temperatures will leach oxygen out of the seawater at increasingly
dangerous levels. If we don’t manage to significantly curb greenhouse gas
emissions immediately, marine animals will face a mass extinction
within three hundred years.

In a special 90-minute live event, the PBS NewsHour will explore the
connections between climate change, warming oceans, migrating fish
populations, the economic stressors facing fishermen and the fishing
industry, bad actors on the high seas, and ever-growing seafood demand.
Emmy-award-winning science journalist – and Tipping Point Executive
Producer – Miles O’Brien will guide us through a thoughtful conversation
with a series of thought leaders on this subject to foster a meaningful
dialogue on the science, the policy challenges and possible

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