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How a handful of fishing villages sparked a marine conservation revolution

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    I'm a marine biologist
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    here to talk to you about
    the crisis in our oceans,
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    but this time perhaps not
    with a message you've heard before,
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    because I want to tell you
    that if the survival of the oceans
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    depended only on people like me,
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    scientists trading in publications,
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    we'd be in even worse trouble than we are.
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    Because, as a scientist,
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    the most important things
    that I've learned
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    about keeping our oceans
    healthy and productive
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    have come not from academia
    but from fishermen and women
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    living in some of the poorest
    countries on Earth.
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    I've learned that as a conservationist,
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    the most important question is not,
    "how do we keep people out?"
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    but rather, "how do we make sure
    that coastal people throughout the world
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    have enough to eat?"
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    Our oceans are every bit as critical
    to our own survival
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    as our atmosphere,
    our forests or our soils.
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    Their staggering productivity
    ranks fisheries with farming
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    as a mainstay of food production
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    for humanity.
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    Yet, something's gone badly wrong.
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    We're accelerating
    into an extinction emergency,
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    one that my field has so far
    failed abysmally to tackle.
Title:
How a handful of fishing villages sparked a marine conservation revolution
Speaker:
Alasdair Harris
Description:

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Video Language:
English
Team:
TED
Project:
TEDTalks
Duration:
11:49

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