Climate threats to Asian fishing – the world’s biggest source of fish (audio)

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Fishing boats moored at a port in Qingdao, Shandong Province of China. The Asian fishing industry ranges from small artisanal fishers to huge vessels that travel the world.(Han Jiajun/VCG via Getty Images)

The Asian region has the largest fishing fleet – about two-thirds of the global total. 

A UN Report last year found that Asia produced 70% of the world’s fish for consumption. 

But that globally valuable industry faces several climate-related threats, including ocean acidification. 

Guest: Professor Steven Widdicombe, a world leader in ocean acidification. 

Director of Science and Deputy Chief Executive, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK. 

Advisor to Back to Blue, an initiative of The Economist  and The Nippon Foundation, which seeks to improve evidence-based approaches and solutions to the pressing issues faced by the ocean. 

Co-chair of the Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network

Professor Quentin Hanich leads the Fisheries Governance Research Program at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security, at the University of Wollongong. 

He collaborates with research institutions in Korea and Japan, and travels regularly in the region. 

Listen here.

ABC, 28 February 2023. Podcast.

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