Reading: Fish and Food Security

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A reading from ‘The Epicenters of Climate and Security: The New Geostrategic Landscape of the Anthropocene’ by The Center for Climate and Security that discusses the impacts of climate change on the fishing industry. It includes discussions on the history of fisheries governance, recent disputes, how climate change is a major threat to the fishing industry and the need for evaluating current laws and treaties. The reading introduces the concept of “fish security epicenters” such as the South China Sea (SCS), the Arctic, and the African great-lakes where climate change can perhaps impact regional security and international relations.

Students will learn about the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, fisheries, and fisheries governance. They will also understand how climate change is impacting the food security and national security of different regions. 

Use this tool to help your students find answers to: 

  1. How does climate change impact the fishing industry?
  2. What is the relationship between fisheries and national security?
  3. What are “fish security epicenters”?

About the Tool 

Tool NameFish, Food Security and Future Conflict Epicenters
DisciplineSocial Sciences, International Relations
Topic(s) in DisciplineFood Security, Security, Fisheries, Peace and Conflict Studies, Overfishing
Climate Topic Policies, Politics and Environmental Governance; Climate Change and Food Security
Type of tool Reading
Grade LevelUndergraduate
Developed byDr. Michael Thomas in Epicenters of Climate and Security: The New Geostrategic Landscape of the Anthropocene eds Caitlin E. Werrell and Francesco Femia
Hosted atThe Center for Climate and Security
Computer SkillsBasic
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