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I attended Malin Pinsky’s
lecture, “Fish and Fisheries in Hot Water: (How) Do We Adapt?” at the Fishery
Auditorium. His lecture was part of the School of Aquatic and Fishery Science’s
Bevan Series, in which he described the impact of rising global ocean
temperatures on marine life, fisheries, and humans, and what can be done to
ensure fish populations survive and prosper in a sustainable fashion.

Fisheries are an
essential part of the global food supply, but fish populations under constant
barrage from rising ocean temperatures, fluctuations in predator populations,
and overfishing. This can have disastrous effects on the food chain – not only
for predators, but for humans as well – as temperatures rise, fish from warm waters
have begun to migrate northward and away from coastlines, where temperatures
increase more rapidly. I had no idea that fish generally live at their highest
temperature tolerance, and that even the smallest change in regional ocean
temperatures can have massive effects on the local fish populations. Fishermen
are having to travel further from port to make profitable catches, which has,
in many cases, taken their livelihoods from them.

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This lecture brought to
my attention the severity of climate change and the direct impact it has on our
food supply. Our world has been taken by humans and forced onto a new path,
where species must adapt to our development. We are uprooting fish populations
from the habitats they have returned to for generations and helping ourselves
to far too many in the process. With the massive amount of time, energy, and
resources needed to produce food for a continually rising human population,
efficient and sustainable practices must be identified and put to practical use
across the globe, both for our and the fishes’ sake.

I have heard the term
‘overfishing’ countless times over the past decade, with new articles
continually appearing about the dangers of such practices. However, the
continued availability of fish and the distant predictions ran contrary to
whatever supposed danger there was. As with many of the things we discuss in
class, the remoteness of it all had kept these issues firmly in the future – to
be dealt with later, by people more qualified. Yet as I am transitioning into
adulthood, the severity of the trajectory we have set our planet on has finally
dawned on me. Coming from a frankly quite sheltered part of the world, it is
hard to fathom food insecurity, but finally being able to understand – at least
to a certain extent – the implications it has for billions of people, I hope to
contribute as much as I can to ensuring our planet’s and its inhabitant’s

My peer review comments
were quite helpful, in helping me steer my paper in a better direction than my
draft, focusing much more on my own thoughts and reflection than simply
summarizing the entirety of the lecture. Although I did end up changing much of
my paper, grammar issues were identified quite well, and helped be aware of
some odd phrases or words and craft better sentences overall. In addition, my
peers had some great suggestions for things to add, change, or delete, and I
really appreciated the effort they put in to critique me.