#9 Seaspiracy: Researchers React

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Netflix’s documentary Seaspiracy has shocked the public, and brought attention to the devastating environmental and social impacts of industrial overfishing. But it has also sparked controversy, and been accused of muddying the waters around the question ‘Is there such a thing as sustainable seafood?’. In this live podcast a panel of scientific experts from the University of Gothenburg and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden discuss the documentary, providing an informed commentary and more clarity on some of the critical issues that Seaspiracy has brought to the surface. This is a recording of a webinar from May 25 2021. Watch a recording from the panel discussion here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mSJIPEbaj4&t=2s Organizers: Centre for Sea and Society, Gothenburg Student Sustainability Hub and Centre for Collective Action Research, CeCAR, University of Gothenburg. PANELISTS Sverker C Jagers Professor of political science and director of Centre for Collective Action Research, CeCAR. His research is mainly focused on various aspects of environmental politics, for example he has done comparative country studies and seen how the degree of democracy and corruption in countries affects the degree of overfishing. He also studied how fisheries legislation differs between countries with high and low levels of overfishing and illegal fishing. Friederike Ziegler Senior scientist, Unit Sustainable consumption and production, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden. Friederike Ziegler researches the sustainability of seafood from sea to table, both from Sweden and other countries. She has also studied eco-labeling of seafood. Nkeiru Scotcher Post-doctoral fellow of ocean governance, School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg and affiliated with the Centre for International Law at Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, Belgium. Nkeiru Scother’s research broadly focusses on regional ocean governance and she is currently researching legal aspects of Africa’s Maritime Strategy and the strategy’s goals. With a background in international law and international relations, Nkeiru is interested in institutions and structures that impact users and uses of our marine areas. Sebastian Linke Associate Professor in Environmental Social Science , School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg. Studies the interplay between science, politics and society with a focus on fishing and maritime governance at both global and local levels. Moderator: Laurisa Dohm Student at Sea and Society, Master's Program and Research Assistant, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. Research interest in science communication, in particular the development of better approaches and tools for communicating about research and science-related issues beyond academia.

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