Submerged biodiversity: from plankton to coral reefs and river currents, a vital network connects everything.
River basins collect and drain the land to transport nutrient rich fresh water that is vital to oceanic life. But this network of relationships, as represented in the theme of Slow Fish 2021: The Water Cycles, can be broken easily when activities on land damage the balance of nature. Submerged biodiversity is at risk. Our task is to preserve it through our activities on land, from farming to grocery shopping.
Through stories from around the world, we will explore collective efforts on land to take care of the sea, and what happens when that collective effort does not exist.
- Nobuyuki Yagi (Japan). Dr. Nobuyuki Yagi is Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo. The area of his study includes economic development and marine policy. Before joining the University in 2008, he worked for the Fisheries Agency of the Government of Japan. From 1999 to 2002, he was First Secretary at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC, US. He served as a bureau member for OECD Committee for Fisheries from 2003 to 2008. He received a graduate degree (MBA) from the Wharton School (Class of 1994) of University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, US, and doctoral degree from the Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the University of Tokyo, Japan, in 2008.
- Jesús Gómez Escudero (Spain) is a retired fishermen from Murcia (Spain). He has been the president of the Fishermen Cooperative of San Pedro del Pinatar. Jesus has fished in the Mar Menor his whole life. This region is suffering an ecological crisis since 1960s as a consequence of an unsustainable growth model, which has prioritized intensive agriculture and uncontrolled urban development, and the systematic non-compliance with European Directives regulating the protection of biodiversity, water and the use of nitrates, among others. Nowadays, Jesús is the president of Asociación de Pescadores del Mar Menor y su entorno, an initiative which organizes activities to denounce the situation of the Mar Menor.
- Pisit Charnsnoh (Thailand) Pisit Charnsnoh lives and works in Thailand’s southern province of Trang, on the Malay Peninsula. In 1985, he and his wife founded the Yadfon Association to work with impoverished coastal villages in Trang (In Thai, Yadfon means raindrop, a symbol of renewal). It took Pisit, who is a Buddhist, time and patience to gain credibility with the Muslim villagers and he has become known for his understated but firm and effective manner. As a result of its work, the Thai government has allowed local sustainable management of environmental resources. He is an adviser to the Seattle-based international Mangrove Action Project.
Moderator: Paula Barbeito, coordinator of the Slow Fish campaign
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