How fish might become the next resource that countries fight over

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Critical marine ecosystems humans depend on could become even more endangered due to climate change and overexploitation, raising fears among some experts that fish and other forms of sea life could become another source of geopolitical competition in the not-too-distant future.

Just last week, British and French fishermen clashed off the coast of Normandy in an incident dubbed the ‘scallop wars’ (CNN).

On the other side of the world, fishing disputes in the South China Sea indicate a serious risk of devolving into more serious armed conflicts, according to Foreign Policy magazine.

This story will look at why fish and other forms of marine life are crucial to our survival, and why some nations might be willing to fight over them. It will also examine how climate change and consumption both exacerbate this problem, and the solutions being pursued.

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  1. Heather Alberro, Assistant Lecturer at Nottingham Trent University – completed
  2. Johan Bergenas, Senior Director of Public Policy at Vulcan, Inc. – proposed
  3. Captain Jay Caputo, U.S. Coast Guard – proposed

 

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