Empty oceans : global competition for scarce resources

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  • Use this program to illustrate connections between fish stock depletion and growing tensions over ocean resources. The exhaustion of West Africa's fisheries is shown to have economic consequences a hemisphere away-specifically in Japan, which depends on Moroccan production for much of its octopus imports. Heavy fishing by European fleets in Senegalese waters-and the 1995 "Turbot War" between Spain and Canada-provide concrete evidence that competition for the ocean's riches is hardly a local problem. This is an effective study of the industrialized world's consumption trends and their political and environmental fallout.


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Apr. 07, 2006.
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  • Commercial Fishing Crisis (1:47) -- Morocco Halts Octopus Fishing (5:13) -- Competition for Fish (4:38) -- Canada and Spain Fight Over Greenland Halibut (4:51) -- Marine Resource Management: Japanese Sandfish (3:28) -- Voluntary Fishing Moratorium in Japan (5:25) -- Consumer Awareness Helps Conserve Marine Resources (3:05)
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