Presentation Title

Our Tangled Ocean: California Fisheries, Marine Animal Entanglements and Local Perspectives

Faculty Mentor

Kathleen Nadeau

Start Date

23-11-2019 12:30 PM

End Date

23-11-2019 12:45 PM

Location

Markstein 210

Session

oral 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

The high demand for seafood, particularly in California, has resulted in the persistent dereliction of fishing gear (DFG) in our oceans, which is causing harmful effects to ocean ecosystems, sea life, and even impacting some social groups. The individuals and groups who are responding to animal entanglements, individuals treating pinnipeds in marine mammal care centers, and volunteer groups retrieving fishing gear debris at sea, are deeply affected. As an anthropologist, understanding the devastation to our oceanic ecosystems while taking social perspectives into account is important in order to get closer to the root of the issue and to find a solution. My research includes multiple interviews with people in contact with whales and pinnipeds (who often report entanglements), response teams, educators, marine animal care centers, and locals who work as activists for the ocean. The General Systems Theory facilitated my understanding of how the harmful effects of DFG have escalated and what is now being done to prevent further escalation while examining social and oceanic factors. I took the following results from my study: improved fishing methods are being explored by fishermen; more groups are being created to clean up debris in our oceans; individuals are becoming aware of the impacts of consumer choices; and this research has gained a greater understanding of the personal impacts marine animal entanglements has on responders, educators, and volunteers. Although there are currently many man-made problems facing the health of oceanic ecosystems, there are now many passionate individuals and groups of people working to conserve and create sustainable practices for our planet and the ocean.

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Nov 23rd, 12:30 PM Nov 23rd, 12:45 PM

Our Tangled Ocean: California Fisheries, Marine Animal Entanglements and Local Perspectives

Markstein 210

The high demand for seafood, particularly in California, has resulted in the persistent dereliction of fishing gear (DFG) in our oceans, which is causing harmful effects to ocean ecosystems, sea life, and even impacting some social groups. The individuals and groups who are responding to animal entanglements, individuals treating pinnipeds in marine mammal care centers, and volunteer groups retrieving fishing gear debris at sea, are deeply affected. As an anthropologist, understanding the devastation to our oceanic ecosystems while taking social perspectives into account is important in order to get closer to the root of the issue and to find a solution. My research includes multiple interviews with people in contact with whales and pinnipeds (who often report entanglements), response teams, educators, marine animal care centers, and locals who work as activists for the ocean. The General Systems Theory facilitated my understanding of how the harmful effects of DFG have escalated and what is now being done to prevent further escalation while examining social and oceanic factors. I took the following results from my study: improved fishing methods are being explored by fishermen; more groups are being created to clean up debris in our oceans; individuals are becoming aware of the impacts of consumer choices; and this research has gained a greater understanding of the personal impacts marine animal entanglements has on responders, educators, and volunteers. Although there are currently many man-made problems facing the health of oceanic ecosystems, there are now many passionate individuals and groups of people working to conserve and create sustainable practices for our planet and the ocean.