1997, 15 mins
Underwater marine communities are changing as a result of ever-growing fishing pressure. This case study focuses on the rapidly expanding sea urchin industry in Maine in the mid-90's as an example of how harvesting can impact both the structure and the function of marine ecosystems. It shows the roles played by several species and their interdependencies in coastal zones. Finally, the film suggests that we should consider how, where, and when harvests occur if we are not to degrade the ecosystem that supports our marine resources.
The FISHING FOR THE FUTURE is a 3 x 15 minute series that explores the overlaps among fisheries, in light of historic changes of the late 20th century and an emerging approach to the "fishery commons" called ecosystem management. A companion teacher's guide has been published. The series was re-versioned for broadcast on PBS, with the title FISHING FOR THE FUTURE.
Organizations That Appear In Production: The Darling Marine Center (University of Maine)