We are fortunate in the UK to be surrounded by some of the most productive seas on the planet. They have nourished us and promoted our wellbeing for thousands of years. However, in the last two centuries, the expansion and industrialisation of fishing has triggered a transformation of the environment that has accelerated towards the present. Worrying trends include decreased abundance and variety of life, collapse of fisheries and loss of biodiversity, including the disappearance of large species like skates, angel sharks, bluefin tuna and wolffish.
This is happening as the oceans change under the influence of other forces, including development, greenhouse gas emissions and discharge of other pollutants. Despite growing recognition that our seas need better management, current policy falls far short, affording too little protection and failing to address the major causes of harm. In this talk, Callum Roberts will describe how our seas once were, what they have become and what it will take to recover the richness, vitality and spectacle that they are losing.
£20 Full price
£15 for Fellows, Members, Students and Children
This event is now sold out.
For further information please contact Megan Orpwood-Russell
Tel: 020 7449 6227
Callum Roberts is Professor of Marine Conservation at the University of York. His research focuses on threats to marine ecosystems and species, and on finding the means to protect them. His research interests include documenting the impacts of fishing on marine life, both historic and modern, and exploring the effectiveness of marine protected areas. For the last 25 years he has used his science background to make the case for stronger protection for marine life at both national and international levels. His award winning book, The Unnatural History of the Sea, charts the effects of 1000 years of exploitation on ocean life.