Protecting Ocean Ecosystems

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Talks Fish

Tricia K. Jedele is Vice President and Director of CLF Rhode Island.

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (Photo Credit: U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works)

On the Senate Floor yesterday, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from Rhode Island spoke in defense of science and reason — two subjects often deliberately ignored in the legislative debates about climate change, pollution, and overexploitation. Referring to an April 2011 University of Oxford workshop held by scientists to discuss the current state of our oceans, Senator Whitehouse quoted the workshop findings: “the consequences of our actions (referring to human actions resulting in acidification and hypoxic conditions associated with mass ocean extinctions) are at a high risk of causing through the combined effects of climate change, pollution, overexploitation and habitat loss, the next globally significant extinction in the ocean.” Watch it here: Senator Whitehouse …talking climate change … talking fish.

(Want to learn more about the impacts of climate change on our oceans and fisheries? Check out TalkingFish.org’s posts on ocean acidification.)


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