Overfishing and dying oceans are in the media spotlight as never before. Will it change anything?
‘End of the Line’, the film about overfishing, has been screened across the globe. Channel 4’s “Fish Fight’ series this year prompted a huge public response in the UK. London department store Selfridges’ “Project Ocean” event mixed scientists and royalty in discussing ocean issues. Celebrity chefs have taken up the cause, and stories about the dying oceans now seem to dominate environmental reporting by the media.
Will the increased spotlight on marine damage bring real change? Or is the ocean just the latest ‘fad’, as climate change issues fall out of favour with editors and politicians? Media, campaigning and policy experts will discuss the growing focus on ‘blue’ issues.
The event is part of a series this year sponsored by Communications Inc focusing on the global ocean, its vital services for humans and what solutions are needed to combat the serious threats it faces.
Chaired by Helen Scales, a marine biologist, writer, and a long-standing member of the award-winning science communication collective, The Naked Scientists which aims to make science accessible for the widest audience. She writes for the popular Seamonster ocean science blog, and is a regular science contributor to Radio 4 programmes such as Home Planet and Saving Species.
Will Anderson, double Bafta winner and producer/director of Keo Films and Channel 4’s Fish Fight
Quentin Clark, head of sustainability and ethical sourcing at Waitrose
Ian Campbell, OCEAN2012 UK co-ordinator working on the 2012 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy
Mike Kaiser, professor of ocean sciences at the University of Bangor