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Fishing for climate solutions

A new documentary, commissioned by the Marine Stewardship Council, looks to highlight the impact of climate change on the fishing industry and the importance of sustainable seafood in changing our attitude towards the environment around us.

As we’ve seen through our piece on the The National Lobster Hatchery, creating a sustainable environment for our fisheries, that benefits both consumers and those in the industry, is paramount to our continued quest for lower carbon emissions and a better approach to tackle the climate emergency. This new film, produced by Farelight Productions, provides first hand accounts of the impact of climate change on fishermen across the glob.

The objective is simple – to continue to push policy makers to tackle the core causes of climate change and agree on solutions for managing shared fishery resources. As we’ve seen in recent days, this is a subject that’s likely to continue to garner attention around the world for many years to come.

Fisherman from Cornwall and around the southwest are in a highly unique position to advise on these solutions.

Gus Caslake, from the Cornish Sardine Management Association and Seafish regional south west advisor, says:

“The fishermen are in a unique position to collect the type of data we need.” “They collect samples of their catches on a weekly basis. They not only measure the catch, they also weigh the catch. So we’ve got an understanding of what is happening year on year.”

He added: “Whatever fish you are catching temperature is key. The other difference we have seen is the rise in tides. The tidal range seems to be a lot higher now. If you have a low pressure in some of the harbours particularly around Cornwall, we get flooding on a regular basis now which we didn’t see ten or fifteen years ago.

You can read the full original story on Business Cornwall, and watch the documentary below.

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